Re: First names? (newbie)
- I'm assuming that most people are at Pennsic at the moment (deep
sigh).....wish I was! Damn mundane life for interfering with my social
I did a bit more research, so humbly asking if the name Katou O -
Tatsuko would be better?
I think in regards to the hat I'm going to have to bite the bullet and
order the biggest gasa hat I can find from Japan; I really like the
ichime gasa but it would have to be at 10 cm wider to be wider than my
Another question I have is about footwear. I have a very nice pair of
lacquered geta; according to a kimono book I have geta are more casual
and zori (the flat ones) are more formal. Is this true in the medieval
time period as well, or just now?
Hope you are all enjoying yourselves at Pennsic or at home as the case
may be. Thanks again for all your help!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "mistresschief" <mistresschief@...> wrote:
> I guess I just don't get the difference between onyomi and the other
> one clearly enough. Many people have suggested I go to this site:
> It all sounded plausible, which is how I figured out the alternative
> name. Are you saying that this information is more intended for
> Chinese (onyomi) rather than Japanese? And that the Chinese version is
> more apt for nuns? It would appear that your book would seem the only
> accurate information for Japanese names out there; at this time
> however I really can't afford it. I will try my local library to see
> if they have it (doubtful, but you never know). If you could suggest
> an alternative online wealth of information I would most appreciate it!
> Alas, I have to agree that my hat would appear to be too small. I'll
> have to keep looking, perhaps check out a flea market or garage sale
> if I ever get a weekend off!
> Thanks again for all your help!
> --- In email@example.com, Solveig Throndardottir <nostrand@>
> > Noble Cousin!
> > Greetings from Solveig!
> > > So, with all this help and insight, and some more research on my
> > > would a better name for me be Matsushima O-suiren? (and just how
> > > I pronounce the Suiren part?).
> > Sui is pronounced SUE-EE as in calling pigs. Ren is pronounced as in
> > Ren & Stimpy.
> > However, these are both ON-YOMI readings. Are you planning on
> > nun or something?
> > Your humble Servant
> > Solveig Throndardottir
> > Amateur Scholar
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "mistresschief" <mistresschief@...> wrote:
> I did a bit more research, so humbly asking if the name Katou O -I think (and I will happily defer to our onomasticists) that it would
> Tatsuko would be better?
be either Tatsuko or O-tatsu, but not both.
> I think in regards to the hat I'm going to have to bite the bulletI hear that. Try the "Warring States" page here:
> and order the biggest gasa hat I can find from Japan; I really like
> the ichime gasa but it would have to be at 10 cm wider to be wider
> than my shoulders!
> Another question I have is about footwear. I have a very nice pair ofA caveat about modern kimono references - they're modern. ;-> If you
> lacquered geta; according to a kimono book I have geta are more casual
> and zori (the flat ones) are more formal. Is this true in the medieval
> time period as well, or just now?
want to know what people wear in period, look at artwork or if you're
lucky surviving examples from the period you're researching.
Geta are foul weather gear, specifically designed for walking in mud,
hence the ha (stilts). They would also be worn to and from the baths.
The bath-house connection is why they're matched with yukata (cotton
bathrobes) for casual wear in the modern context, usually for summer
Period zori look nothing like the vinyl wedgie things sold these days
for women as dress shoes. They would have been made of rice straw and
look like this:
You can sometimes find them as billed as waraji zori. A reasonable
alternative are setta or tatami zori.
As for sizing, they should be what you'd think is too small for you.
If your heel dangles off the back by a couple of cm, that's about
right. More than that will be uncomfortable, less may have you getting
your hems caught in your zori (or geta).
Saionji no Hanae