Re: First names? (newbie)
- --- In email@example.com, "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