Kitsune

Kitsune

I have an enduring love for Japan. I read some time ago about the tale of Kitsune, the fox. Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox. In early times, humans and foxes lived in close quarters to one another and naturally, myths began to grow about their connection.

The fox is a shapeshifter and in some stories, a seductress. The Inari Kitsune is the good fox. In one famous story, the white fox, Kuzunoha, is being chased by a hunter in the forest. She comes across a man and pleads with him for help while the hunter comes after her. The two men meet and fight, leaving the man trying to save the Kitsune with many wounds. The white fox flees and soon after, a beautiful woman appears and takes the man home to care for him. Over time, they fall in love and produce a son. When the son grows older he finds out something strange about his mother. Her shadow is in the form of a fox and once, he saw a tail peeking out under her Kimono. The Mother is devestated that her secret has been revealed and so she must now go back to forest.

Her farewell poem to her husband and son call for them to come back to her in the forest just one more time…

Koishiku ba / tazunekite miyo / izumi naru / shinoda no mori no / urami kuzunoha.”

“If you love me, darling, come and see me. / You will find me yonder in the great wood / Of Shinoda of Izumi Province where the leaves / Of arrowroots always rustle in pensive mood.” Trans. Kiyoshi Nozaki 

They come and see her as the fox she really is, she leaves them with parting gifts and recedes back into the forest. Her son, with magical qualities inherited from her becomes a famed sorcerer and astrologist to the Emperors of Japan, his name was Abe no Seimei.

This story may make up some of the etymology behind the meaning of a foxy woman. We use the word ‘foxy’ to describe sexiness or a way that a woman moves, just as the fox does. She moves with grace and poise and can be ready to pounce at any moment. When I bought this dress at Zimmermann,I had finally found my ultimate foxy lady dress. The silk, the draping and the colour… swoon!

Feeling sexy is something I do for me. It makes me feel as if Whitney Houston’s song “I’m Every Woman” is beating in the background as I walk down the street! Always dress for yourself first and let that foxy lady or man out!

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Wearing Zimmermann Dress

Photographed, Styled, Modelled, Edited and Written by Sophie Armstrong, The Moon and The Mirror

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