Anyhow, the main reason that we went to Tokyo was to attend the wedding of our friends Masa and Yuki. We weren't present at the actual ceremony but went to the wedding reception where all of their friends were invited. Yuki hails from Kyoto so her kimono was gorgeous of course.
Isn't she just breathtaking? I swear, I'm really starting to think that Western brides get the short end of the stick after seeing what Indian and Japanese brides get to wear!
A few nights after the wedding, I had a conversation with our other friend Murayama Yuka, about kimonos. I was just raving about how beautiful I think kimonos are and how amazing the workmanship is. The next day, we were hanging out at their house when Yuka came to me holding a yukata (a casual cotton summer kimono) that she wore when she was in her twenties. She said that she couldn't wear it anymore because the style was too youthful, so she wanted to give it to ... ME!!! Oh my god, I was so happy, I had to restrain myself from jumping up and down. Yuka showed me how to put it on and thankfully gave me printed instructions because I think I was so giddy that I didn't really absorb any information.
How did I fare as a wannabe Japanese yukata-wearing twenty-something?
Ok dearies, that's about all I can muster up today. Just got back into New York on a ridiculously long series of flights at 6:45AM and am gonna try to squeeze in a short nap before I head to work. More updates soon I promise! I missed you all!