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A World Away by MorningMiracle A World Away by MorningMiracle
A World Away

Photograph by: :iconmenghua: Meng Hua Shen ( [link]!)

Taken at: Little Tokyo, Makati


This is another of the shots from the "Wafuku Street" coffee table book. :)

The most difficult thing with the outfit is the uchikake, of course... It was very heavy. Meng's boyfriend helped out by carrying the train for me as we moved around the street to find nice spots. We couldn't have it dragging over the pavement, after all. The people in Little Tokyo seemed really amused by us (me and :iconsetsuka07: were both fully done up) and even took photos while we did the shoot.

They might have thought we were mascots? (lol)

Again, everything I'm wearing comes from Archie's Aunt Michiko. When she found out that Archie was nurturing a group of girls here who were trying to emulate becoming geiko, she was so happy that she sent over so many things to us, including kimono and fabric. The katsura I'm wearing was hers, and worn for the first time after decades. This is because Michiko-san's own daughters had gone to America, and thought that geisha culture was antiquated and had no interest. So Michiko-san was very happy to hear that somewhere, a geisha-loving girl will wear her kimono again, even if she does come from a whole world away.

^^
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:iconminorfiction:
MinorFiction Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply elegant and perfectly beautiful. A living doll. Well done.
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Teacup456 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so gorgeous 0w0
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Pearlsdiner Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Lovely kimono, lovely girl, lovely picture!
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AnimeNotHuggs3467 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist
Gorgeous!
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alangbanyu Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
beutifull art,,,,,,,,,
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justanotaku9 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i wonder where you can get a kimono in america
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zuliko-forever Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer

Are you comfortable with ordering offline?^^*
Ebay works well....There's also another site,Ichiroya.com...they ship to the U.S.,though,some of the kimono are a bit expensive.^^;
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justanotaku9 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i looked on ebay and i know kiminos are expenive like a wedding dress but i really want one. ill just get ine when i go to japan
tanks anyway!
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AnimeNotHuggs3467 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist
Kimono Market Sakura is an awesome place to get a beautiful Kimono or Yukata they range from $40-$100 and have all the accesories you could think of! They are also reasonably priced and when I ordered my Yukata I recived it in three days!
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justanotaku9 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow really!?
thx a lot
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AnimeNotHuggs3467 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist
No problem! I hope you find something that you like!!
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:iconmilytasan:
milytasan Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
beutifull! i like the kimonos!
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MorningMiracle Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^ I admire them very much too and hope to someday own some for myself. :)
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milytasan Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hopefully!
I also want a kimono!

T-T

I love the traditional Japanese clothing! : D
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kawaiibunny69 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
you look amazing^^ i really love the geisha culture i would like to one day cosplay as one :love:
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Foxxy-Tomo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
wow this is so stunning!
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aichan25 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats such an awesome story!

my friends and i too are kimono ethusiats, and we even created our own club here in pensacola , much to the joy of the Okinawan club here.
the ladies love it and we even caught the attention of the mobile japanse club, which asks us to do demonstrations on how to wear kimono, we have one for next month!

it's somuch fun
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MorningMiracle Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that's so wonderful to hear! I really love hearing about other kimono enthusiasts and fans of geiko/maiko all around the world. Isn't it wonderful how the culture can bring people from different nationalities together? :3 Looking forward to hearing more about your club's adventures! Much love to you and your club! :heart:
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aichan25 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yea oddly enough the creator of our club :icontireen: is originally from the Ukraine, and our vice president of the club, Fran, is from Brazil, April & I are the only ones that are actually japanese, well half Okinawan to be exact. the rest are a gaggle of caucasians and some philipino and such. we know a bunch of peeps from all over LOL.

We even got others who had no real interest or knowledge of Kimono to join and start collecting!

We also either Create our own events or just attend anything thats an excuse to wear kimono.

i post a lot of my photo's on this forum: [link]

if you aren't a member already , you should join, it's really informative and interesting. i've even had the chance to meet some of the lovely ladies from there at events we've attended!

i post all my kimono adventures there
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MorningMiracle Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, immortal geisha! I know those forums. :) It's a really helpful place when I'm looking for resources, but I'm not really a member and I don't post pictures there, mainly because I'm too shy to. :blushes: I know a lot of girls there can be pretty picky on their kimono, and I'm just worried that my own won't be up to their standards.

Nevertheless, I think your club is great and it's cool that you have some Filipino members~! :3
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aichan25 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yea fran actually got offended on the forums and has left them, but i still go to see piccies. some of those people can get really snobby
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MorningMiracle Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
^^; Well, I think things are going pretty a-ok for you, your friend (and hopefully me? XD) with or without participation in that group, so let's just be happy and continue pursuing our most-admired culture, yes? :heart:
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aichan25 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
of course! oh and i just found out that we also got contacted to do another kimono fashion show in mobile! i hope i can participate in it again cuz last year we got rained out!
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MorningMiracle Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, congratulations, that's great! ^^ Good luck~!
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010   General Artist
This is a gorgeous photo of you! :rose: The burst of red framing your face was just right.

Ahh, Little Tokyo. It's got such a cozy atmosphere, and although small it's quite pretty. We thought of getting some proper shots there as well. (We only managed to get outtakes last time, hahah)

The story about Michiko-san brought a tear to my eye. I'm sure you're making her very proud. :happycry:
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MorningMiracle Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:blushes: Every time I cosplay a geiko or another traditional Japanese figure that geiko tend to perform in their dances, I always try to think, "Don't mess up now, you have to do your best in their name!" XD This goes the same for Michiko-san especially, since she had to let go of her geisha house, and she helped us so much by passing the things to us.

Little Tokyo is a FANTASTIC place, I loved every moment in it! XD I hope you guys get to shoot there real soon too~ Looking forward to it! :heart:

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Riazana Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
there's a little tokyo in Makati?!
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:iconmorningmiracle:
MorningMiracle Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, near the cinema square. :)
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Riazana Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
man, I should get out of Tondo a little more... thanks 4 da tip! ^^
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tonettechan12 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
AW!! cool kimono! it's so beautiful! i'll like to be a geisha too, but i think i will be a photographer forever T.T so..i think i like to photographed you ^^ hehehe...oh yeah i remember last 2008 hero con i have a picture with you! ^^ well i just remember...hehehe
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MorningMiracle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you so much for your support~ :hug: Means so much to me. ^^
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tonettechan12 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome
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shirofuji Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
so white
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neCroMonger69 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist
gwaaa...i loved the photo...and i loved the story behind it even more ^___^
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Izanami-chan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
absolutly beautiful. I love the detail in your hair and the expresion on your face.
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Lalita-Zilli Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Oh so lovely
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dolldelight Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
I love your craft Midori. Keep it up! :heart:
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:iconmorningmiracle:
MorningMiracle Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love yours too! :heart: You're amazing!~
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Yanagi-no-Yume Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
Looks beautiful! :)
Aw, I wish I could dress up like that sometimes. Too bad it's pretty much impossible though...
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LoYal-Mage-Kath Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
wow.. :) i would love to be a geisha too. haha. though it's impossible..
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MorningMiracle Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
(hugs) ^^ I think you would look pretty as one~
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LoYal-Mage-Kath Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
:hug: aww. but i dont think i'll be as pretty as you.hee~ love all your deviations.:)
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miraina-blackhart Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
Such a beautiful photo. ^^ And I definitely love the fabric. :) Oh and, it appears the world is indeed quite small since your photographer happens to be my classmate during high school. ^^ Kudos for a job well done!
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:iconmorningmiracle:
MorningMiracle Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
She is? 8D That's great! :D Thank you for the kind words--I'll let her know~! :)
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azmosis Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
?_? there's a little tokyo in MAKATI? @_@ Why do i not know this? whahh!!!

i like this, so vivid! <3
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:iconmorningmiracle:
MorningMiracle Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup! It's in Makati, a tucked away little corner. But it's really beautiful. <3 You should definitely go there!
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azmosis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
@_@ saan siya malapit banda?
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:iconmorningmiracle:
MorningMiracle Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
between Pasong Tamo and Amorsolo Street (beside Makati Cinema Square). :D
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azmosis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
whoa i'll look for that XD
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Abayomi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, fabulous picture, and you look beautiful, like always. ^^
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