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As you may remember, The Mister has been in the States for the last two weeks for Navy schtuff - I have been holding down the fort here in Nagoya. He's flying back here this weekend... just in time to get on a plane with me which will head BACK to the states. It's a weird long story and I'm sorry he's about to spend so much time in the air, but I am excited to see him.
I'm also excited for him to see his Christmas gift because I finished it yesterday and it's stupendous... and also because since I'm about to type about it I can't post this blog entry until he opens it!
I made him... a Kigurumi.
You may remember from previous entries here that I have a long-standing obsession with a Japanese fashion phenomenon known as the Kigurumi. For the uninitiated; a Kigurumi is an adult onesie which makes the wearer resemble adorable popular cartoon characters or animals. They are everywhere here, but what I was finding were all cartoon characters and I rather soundly had my mind set on a giraffe onesie. A Kigurumi should represent your essence, your spirit, your patronus. It should be... your spirit animal. So I certainly couldn't just settle on a Winnie the Pooh onesie as my first foray into onesiedom. I am set rather firmly on a giraffe.
A few months back, Kp2 and I resolved to either find proper onesies or make our own. Somehow we stumbled upon an H&M that was selling Halloween onesies, and we snapped at the opportunity.She snagged a unicorn for herself and a panda bear for her S.O. I got the remaining design; the shark.
And all was well in the world, except... for a few key points:
- A shark is not a giraffe.
- In the 4-people friends circle of Kp2 and her S.O., me and The Mister... there were only 3 Kigurumi.
- A unicorn, while magical, is not Gudetama.*
Naturally then, I needed to fix these issues... and I when I found a decent fabric store in this town... y'all it was on like Donkey Kong.
I thought, what an easy question this will be to ask. And I was SO WRONG!
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the whole convo.
Good times, Mister. Good times.
Long story short - now there is a bear onesie with plaid lined hood and pockets. It has paw-mittens attached and a bear nose and by God I almost had a moment where I debated switching my onesie out with The Mister's.
And by golly, he's a-damn-dorable in it.
Do you do silly Christmas presents?
This is our first go at it and we're digging it - a lot less stress about finding the perfect thing, you know?
Tell me about your gift giving scheme in the comments!
today's little language lesson:
キリン 着ぐるみは いちばん です。
Kirin kigurumi wa ichiban desu.
Giraffe onesies are the best.
*Guys, don't worry: Kp2 solved #3 all on her own: