other children: dressed in a kimono. We couldn't get one of the ornate
ensembles children traditionally wear, but we did find this pretty red
cotton kimono and obi sash at a flea market.
Ellie was so excited to go and it wasn't until we were about to leave
the apartment that she realized she would be navigating the streets
and subways of Tokyo dressed rather conspicuously, especially for an
American girl. Literally the moment we walked out the door, the
housekeeping staff went crazy, exclaiming over Ellie in Japanese.
Ellie was nervous and she did draw a lot of attention, but she looked
beautiful. I give her a lot of credit. Because she was so brave, we
had a special and memorable day.