8/10/2009

Only about Kai-no-Kuchi Musubi


This photo shows orchid which I displayed in my class room.
I bought this flower at florist shop of my neighborhood. I first learned that there are huge kinds of orchids. The florist told me that this orchid is tough and need to be watered just every two weeks.

Recently I have worried about how to correctly tie Kai-no-Kuchi Musubi (clam's mouth knot), which is used mainly for men’s kaku obi, and for yukata obi both of men and women. Originally, merchants in the Edo period used Kai-no-Kuchi Musubi.
When I read the textbook of the Komagome Waso Academy, my alma mater, Kai-no-Kuchi Musubi was described that Tesaki, the shorter part of obi ends, is on the left side of the center of a back and called as Otoko Musubi (men’s knot). But other books that I have show that Tesaki is on the right side of the center of a back.

I wondered what the difference between Kai-no-Kuchi and Otoko Musubi is. A certain web page showed “Otoko (men’s) and Onna (women’s) Musubi (knots) are included in Kai-no-Kuchi Musubi. In case of Otoko Musubi, Tesaki is folded in half; while in case of Onna Musubi, Tesaki is not folded.” But another book: “Dictionary of Kimono Terms”, edited by Sodo Kimono Academy, illustrated both Otoko Musubi and Kai-no-Kuchi Musubi that Tesakis are on the left side of the center of a back and are folded in half.
Because I was very confused, I asked my question to the professor in Komagome Waso Academy. She told me that the illustration of Otoko Musubi on the text book should show the state that we tie obis in front. After we turned obi knots to our back, Tesaki would be on the right side of the center of a back. It was difficult for me to understand it just from the figure. I did well to ask my question to the teacher in Japan. I thanked her very much for kindly answering even my tiny question.
If I lived in Japan, I should not feel strange on the matter, because I were very familiar with Otoko Musubi at the practice room of traditional Japanese dance. But in New York, we cannot see real Japanese style any more.

Two months age, I went through procedures to continue my kimono class as a chain school of Komagome Waso Academy. And the Academy instructed me how to operate kimono class outside Japan. Recently I revised the curriculum of our kimono class on my home page as the instruction.
I would like to answer any questions from my students, as the teacher of the Academy answered my question anytime. I will do my best to tell all things about real Japanese kimono to my students.
This is my web site of kimono class.
http://www.kimonohiro.com/main.html

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