Hello, Word Artists and Admirers! Learning the art of Japanese tea ceremony often means learning a bunch more related arts, for instance, the art of wearing kimono. You might not think kimono wearing is all that complicated a thing… but you’d be wrong. It involves a lot of knot tying as well as little details that are easy to miss if you don’t quite know what you are doing.
The novice kimono wearer’s best friend is a koshihimo, which is a length of long skinny fabric. It’s name means waist belt, but you use it whenever or wherever you need a part of your kimono or obi secured either for when you’re trying to keep one part still while you deal with another bit of fabric, or to keep things held down the whole time you are wearing your kimono. Koshihimo can be pretty, but they aren’t intended to be seen. Think of them more as ‘kimono support’, either hidden away or untied and removed completely once the main knots are in place.
So for today, I’d like you to think about things that act like a koshihimo—things meant only as a temporary or hidden support. Show off your newly created word offerings for this prompt by dropping your link below. Poetry and prose are welcome, as is fiction or non-fiction. Just be sure to keep it to 369 words or fewer if you opt for prose and only one entry per person please.