- First Snow
Allow me to introduce you to this beautiful lady. This is a geiko hikizuri I purchased recently from Ichiroya. They listed this one about two months ago and I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. So, I saved some money, and now it's mine!
The thing that attracted me to this kimono most was the snow motif. It's a rather uncommon motif and me being Canadian, snow holds a special place in my heart. This kimono also features mandarin ducks which in the language of kimono symbolize love and fidelity. You will also see snow covered chrysanthemums (bidding farewell to the fall) and snow coverd plum blossoms (looking ahead towards spring), while the snow covered bamboo is an evergreen and celebratory motif (reminding us of happiness even in the dark winter months). There are actually pine boughs on this kimono (symbolizing endurance and celebration) which, when combined with the bamboo and plum forms a motif known as shou-chiku-bai - also known as the three friends of winter. This is also a celebratory motif and is associated with the New Year. What an appropriate kimono to land in my house a week before New Year's Eve. I think I may just have to wear this one out on New Year's.
I believe this hikizuri once belonged to an okiya outside of Kyoto because of the crest. I have not seen that geometric depiction of a Pulownia blossom on any of the Kyoto maiko/geiko. I could be mistaken of course, but that's what I infer from the crest.FULL VIEW PLEASE!