Kodomo No Hi Kimono Outing!

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Kodomo No Hi Kimono Outing!
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Neo Nippon says
Though a day late, we'll be venturing out in honor of こどもの日, or 'Children's Day', in full kimono! This Japanese national holiday (normally held on May 5th) is a celebration of children and their growth and happiness.

We'll start the day at Memphis Botanic Gardens around 2pm. After strolling through the gardens we will make our way to Sekisui East and enjoy some good Japanese food and drink at 5pm.

Whether or not you have kids to celebrate, come out and enjoy a day in kimono, and if you have children, they're more than welcome to join us.

Tickets to Memphis Botanic Gardens are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Sekisui prices vary but you can get a good meal for under $20.

You are welcome to dress however you like. Kimono is not required, however it is highly encouraged. Should you choose to wear kimono, please consider these suggestions:
+As this event will be happening in May, the Memphis climate may not be conducive to all kimono. Feel free to wear yukata and be sure to bring a fan and parasol!
+If dressing for May (and not wearing yukata), lined kimono and unlined juban and haori are proper with ro or sha weave obi. You can wear unlined kimono, though, as the weather will likely warrant it. Plus being ahead of season is very fashionable.
+Motifs: Court and palace scenes, carp banners, birds, yabane, flower rafts, clouds, rain, and streams are excellent motifs for this time of year, as they paint a festive and cool image. For florals, wisteria, irises, peony, and hydrangea are ideal.
+Colors: Bright colors with seasonal motifs. Combine brighter colors with softer, less saturated tones for a nice contrast that gives that splash of 'coolness' to your bold ensemble.
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By: Neo Nippon

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