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09:08 pm: Where's a catwalk when you need one?
Today was mostly just giving back tests and going over answers. Tomorrow will finish up the rest of that and classes will go back to normal...for almost three weeks, at which point the seniors will have final exams. (Who came up with this loony schedule?)

The sewing teacher grabbed me for a photo shoot modeling my yukata today. Unfortunately, I had my eyes shut in a number of the pictures taken with my phone. I hope the teacher's pictures turn out better.

(Oh, and see those windows in the background not covered by curtains? Yep, changed clothes right in front of them. If anyone happened to be looking in from the apartment across the street, they must have gotten quite the view.)

Oddly, toward the end of the picture-taking session, we were hit with an earthquake. I was standing in those traditional geta, the soles of which are shaped almost like a rocking chair (presumably to make it easier to walk...?), so I couldn't tell personally. However, I could hear the noise of things shaking around me.

The sewing teacher promised to catch me later for a more in-depth lesson on yukata-wearing, so she's keeping custody of the whole kit and caboodle for a while.

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From:megory
Date:June 20th, 2005 05:58 am (UTC)

Exquisite!

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Tomorrow will finish up the rest of that and classes will go back to normal...for almost three weeks, at which point the seniors will have final exams.

That does seem like an unusual schedule. Is that "final exams" as in final, as in the end of the semester? I know they have a summer break coming up near the end of July or early August, right?

The sewing teacher grabbed me for a photo shoot modeling my yukata today.



It looks elegant on you. The geta, the handbag and the obi all set it off very nicely. The material's beautiful and you did a great job on the sewing. It's quite fancy for a yukata, I'd say, almost like a more formal kimono.

Yep, changed clothes right in front of them.
Sometimes in daylight hours if the light is not on in the room, it's hard to see into windows from the outside. This, of course, would not be the day you had your halter and shorts on under your clothes.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 20th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Exquisite!

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Is that "final exams" as in final, as in the end of the semester?

Yep, final exams three weeks after midterms.

The crazy part is, only the seniors have finals. The rest of the students get their finals after summer vacation. Why do they bother splitting the two? It just means we have an entire extra week of half-days. The only thing I can figure is that they assume seniors will be studying for their college entrance exams over the summer and therefore don't want the semester-end exams hanging over their heads. But in that case, why not give them to all the students at the same time?

The semester technically doesn't end until September sometime, I think.

It looks elegant on you.

Thanks!
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From:firesign10
Date:June 20th, 2005 06:00 am (UTC)
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It looks fabulous! I can only imagine the sense of accomplishment you feel :-) Are you pleased? Looking forward to the next project? Perhaps you could post a couple of the teacher's pictures too.

*applause*
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 20th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
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It looks fabulous!

Thank you!

Are you pleased?

I like it. I don't think I'll have many opportunities to wear it, but I'm glad for the experience.

Looking forward to the next project?

I already have my next project spread out in the sewing room. If only it weren't so hot...
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From:firesign10
Date:June 20th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
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I already have my next project spread out in the sewing room

What is it? (if I may ask :-) )

If only it weren't so hot...
Yeah sewing in the heat is kind of sucky - your hands get all sweaty and then, if you aren't dropping pins and stuff, you feel like you are besmirching the cloth with perspiration! Especially when hand sewing :-P
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 20th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
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What is it? (if I may ask :-) )

The current plan is to make an apron.

However, last weekend I picked up some absolutely gorgeous deep red cloth patterned with sakura that I feel a pressing need to convert into a Chinese-style blouse. We'll see if I switch projects.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:June 21st, 2005 05:40 am (UTC)
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The current plan is to make an apron.

Would that be a Kishitani apron? ^_~
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 21st, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Would that be a Kishitani apron?

Why, whatever gave you that idea? <whistles innocently>
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From:wiliqueen
Date:June 20th, 2005 08:08 am (UTC)
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Sooooooo lovely. Thanks for sharing!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 20th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for sharing!

No problem. And thank you!
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From:amilyn
Date:June 20th, 2005 08:55 am (UTC)
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Just lovely!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 20th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
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Just lovely!

Thank you very much!
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:June 20th, 2005 09:02 am (UTC)
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That's gorgeous! I'm so impressed.

You look quite Japanese in those pictures. ^_^ Something about the lighting, maybe?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 20th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
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That's gorgeous! I'm so impressed.

Thank you!

You look quite Japanese in those pictures. ^_^ Something about the lighting, maybe?

<g> It's a side effect of living in Japan for so long...or so they tell me. ^_~
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From:firesign10
Date:June 20th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
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An official *snerk* icon! I love it LOL!
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From:mangaroo
Date:June 20th, 2005 10:27 am (UTC)
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Gorgeous! Did I miss the post where you bought geta to match your gown?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 20th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
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Did I miss the post where you bought geta to match your gown?

I mentioned it in passing back in April.
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From:wrenwyn
Date:June 20th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
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You look lovely! Your yukata is beautiful and the coloring suits your dark hair!! I like the tradition of contrasting the color of the obi from the main color of the yukata/kimono. Is there a standard to follow with the color, or is it just what pleases the eye?

Your poor seniors! I think my head would have exploded if I had midterms right on top of finals. Are the finals cummulative? How long before they graduate? Have you seen the end of Azumanga Daioh? I'm just wondering if high school graduation is similar.

(=^.^=)

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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 20th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
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You look lovely!

Thank you!

Is there a standard to follow with the color, or is it just what pleases the eye?

There are a number of standard combinations. For example:
  • purple and yellow
  • pink with either spring green or sky blue
  • dark blue and orange
  • blue and red
  • either blue or red with white
  • black and yellow

    Are the finals cummulative?

    Nope.

    How long before they graduate?

    They stop attending school the end of January, though official graduation isn't until March 2.

    Have you seen the end of Azumanga Daioh?

    I haven't watched it. I saw the first one or two episodes, but it wasn't to my taste.
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    From:kataren
    Date:June 20th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
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    Gorgeous! ^__^
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    From:wednesday_10_00
    Date:June 21st, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
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    It really looks great! I would invite you to dance with us at the Chiba Festival so you have a chance to wear it, but it's the week after Comiket, so I doubt you'll want to come all the way back. (Unless you want to stay here for a week?)
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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:June 21st, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
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    but it's the week after Comiket, so I doubt you'll want to come all the way back. (Unless you want to stay here for a week?)

    Hmm... <ponders> There's a "city teacher workshop" on the 17th, and one of the other teachers mentioned that she thought I was supposed to attend it...but I don't know whether I really qualify as a "city teacher"--and even if I do, do they honestly want me to attend the workshop?

    I will have to get back to you on that.
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