Furisode (振袖) is a style of kimono distinguishable by its long sleeves, which range in length from 85 centimeters for a kofurisode (小振袖) to 114 centimeters for an ōfurisode (大振袖).
Furisode are the most formal style of kimono worn by unmarried women in Japan.
Many parents buy the Furisode for their daughters to celebrate this significant point in a young woman’s life. Furisode is a formal kimono for single women, it is brightly colored and made of very fine quality silk. In the very modest Japanese society wearing a Furisode is a very obvious statement. It is a very loud and clear advertisement that the single woman is available for marriage. (x)
According to Japanese legend, Momotaro came to Earth via a large peach. An elderly couple, who had no children, found him inside the peach after the wife found the peach floating in the river while she was doing laundry and they had planned on eating it. Momotaro told the couple that he was sent from Heaven to be their son, and the couple named him Momtaro (“momo” for peach; “taro” for eldest son).
Years later, he left his parents to go fight a band of marauding demons on a distant island. On his journey, he met a talking dog, monkey, and pheasant, all of whom he befriended and who agreed to come along and help him on his quest. Momotaro and his new friends made it to the island and defeated the demons, and took home with them some treasure and the demon chief as a prisoner, which allowed Momtaro, his family, and his new friends to live comfortably from that day onward.
A brilliant view from the top of Mt. Misen! The city in the distance is Hiroshima, and this was an impressive hike after a long ride up a double ropeway to Itsukushima.
The person in the one picture is one of my three lovely traveling companions.
The view was spectacular, I had to do a bit of extra climbing to get this panoramic beauty, as it was from a boulder that overlooked the highest point on the path.
I also got to drink water heated from the eternal flame at Daisho-in, a very interesting experience, as the flame is said to have been kept lit since 806 AD, over 1200 years! It is also the father flame for the eternal flame at Hiroshima peace park, which is to be kept lit until the total abolition of nuclear weapons from the entire planet.
These photo’s were taken on October 13th, during my field trip to Hiroshima (again!).
Immortal is back! My tale of misery this month is long so I shan’t bother you good folks with it! Just know that I am back and making arrangements to possibly stay for yet another semester!