Long ago, when I was a little girl, I ate at a Japanese restaurant in a kimono I had decorated with crayons. This was such an exciting adventure as I, along with my Brownie troop, had been studying Japan for several months. We even performed a short play in costume (complete with traditional hair that a talented mother had made of crepe paper!).
I was so proud of my kimono! The mothers had sewn them out of old sheets and we decorated them with crayons. The designs were then heat set. Finally the day arrived! Off we went to a real traditional Japanese restaurant!
That's me in the back taking off a shoe. Do note those stylish shoes!
I remember this kimono well. How I wish there was a color photo of it! It was made from a yellow sheet. I decorated it with pink flowers and green leaves. You can see them very faintly around the hems of the sleeves and the bottom, as well as along the sleeve.
We sat at a low table on cushions.
The article and photos appeared in the Sunday Star magazine, a supplement to the Washington Post.
How exciting it was for a little girl to learn about the customs of Japan, learn words in another language, perform a play, make a kimono, and wear that kimono to a real Japanese restaurant. Then to top it off, there she is in an article printed in the paper.
"As the last "Sayonara" sounded through the restaurant, ...the troop set off into the late afternoon sun..."
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