Here I am at week #21 of Kimono Mondays! I wonder if I can complete the entire 52 week kimono marathon?
My very first post linked here featured the kimonos of Yuko Oshima. As you all know, Yuko is a graduate of AKB48. She is a singer, dancer, actress, model, comedian, unicycle rider, etc., but she also designs kimonos.
What was I thinking? Looking back, I did not share very many images of Oshima U Co. kimonos, so I will correct that now. Please enjoy the EXPANDED number of kimonos designed and worn by Yuko Oshima.
I look forward to more kimonos from you Yuko!
See more OshimaUCo kimonos on the Hakamaka Girls website linked here.
See my “Dean Martin’s Celebrity Roast of Yuko Oshima” linked here.
I (HEART) Yuko Oshima starlight.
This week I will feature legendary Japanese actress Kyōko Kagawa.
Kyōko Kagawa (香川 京子 Kagawa Kyōko ) has always been one of my favorite Japanese actresses! She is famous for her roles in films such as “Tokyo Story” and “The Crucified Lovers” as well as the landmark Japanese monster movie “Mothra”. Kyoko-san originally wanted to become a ballerina. She was discovered by a film studio after winning a beauty contest and began a career in acting. And she was a beauty (well, still is in her 90s!)
She also appeared in several Akira Kurosawa films, in which she often played the love interest or wife of the Toshiro Mifune characters. Kurosawa used her in “The Bad Sleep Well”, “High and Low” and “Red Beard”. Kagawa married and followed her husband to live in New York City in the 1960s, where she acted in television. She later returned to the cinema, in Kurosawa’s film “Madadayo”. In total, she has appeared in 118 films, the last one in 2009. The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo honored her long career and her contribution to Japanese cinema with an exhibition titled ‘Kyoko Kagawa, Film Actress’ In 2011. (Source: Wikipedia, and my hazy memory)
Kyōko Kagawa in “Tokyo Story”. Actress Setsuko Hara is just to the right of the pillar.
Scene from “the Crucified Lovers”.
Kagawa-san in wedding kimono with Toshiro Mifune in “The Bad Sleep Well”.
Kyōko Kagawa movie poster
Kyōko Kagawa as the Professor’s wife in Kurosawa’s “Madadayo”
Kyōko Kagawa in “Madadayo”
Kyōko Kagawa in a Japanese magazine wearing kimono.
Poster for the Kyōko Kagawa film retrospective 2011.
For more (non-kimono) photos of Kyōko Kagawa, please see my Pinterest board for her linked here.
Denny’s Crazy idea: I loved Kyoko Kagawa in “Mothra”, although she was never part of the same scene with the giant flying moth. Nonetheless, do you think that a “Mothra Pattern” would be good design for a kimono?
That got that right!
Rena Matsui (松井 玲奈 ) is a member of AKB48 J-Pop Idol family. She is best known for her work with the SKE48 sister group. During this past year’s group mix-up, shake-up, and reassignments, Matsui-san also became a concurrent member of the Nogizaka46. Rena has a beautiful face, of course. Indeed, she has a face that could launch a thousand ships.
Rena looks especially elegant in kimono and yukata! Please enjoy some of these lovely kimono images of Rena from the “Kimono Princess” magazine, and elsewhere. See Kimono Princess site linked here.
KIMONOS ON MONDAY (Week #18) Rena Matsui a “Kimono Princess”
You may also enjoy my Pinterest page for Rena linked here. Some of the images are kimono related. Some not. Some are actually pretty sexy. All of them are beautiful. Also, I have tried to make funny captions under some images. Help me out and leave a funny caption in the comments!
Also, if you haven’t already, please VOTE for Rena-in-Kimono vs Rena-in_Bikini on my WP Page linked here. I know that if you are following my blog, you may be biased in favor of Kimono. I will summarize the poll next week.
Starlight: It took me five years to realize that Rena-chan is part of a “double star” system with Jurina Matsui.
OH … THANK YOU!!! Denny Sinnoh’s blog has now attained more than 5,000 views!!! I know that many of these views are from Kimono lovers! Thank you all for visiting my blog. I look forward to your comments!
I am going to begin a NEW SERIES of posts today!
Every MONDAY I will post a photo and make commentary about a particular Kimono, Furisode or Yukata design.
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The first kimono I would like to share is from actress, singer, dancer, AKB48 member, and kimono designer Yuko Oshima for OshimaUCo. brand kimonos.
DON’T WALK? That’s right … RUN to get your own kimono designed by Yuko!!!
For more Yuko Oshima designed kimonos, please visit this sample of her wedding kimonos!
Kimono 101: Know the parts of a kimono.