It’s that time of year again. Time to start training for the regional competition. Right about now, I know a handful of other CIRs around the country getting recruited for this, along with language teachers and international students. It’s more of a beauty pageant than a free-for-all, but it still requires the skill to dress oneself in traditional Japanese clothing within 8 minutes (or so). Men can do it in 3, though…

I’ll be donning a furisode (swinging-sleeves) again. Wish me luck! And to the rest of you residing in Japan who have ever had an interest in learning, now is the time for intensive training! There is probably a teacher near you ready to recruit new pupils to shine on the stage (and depending on the material of the kimono, I do mean shine!).

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