Hiromi – Influences

INFLUENCES 影響 My mother did a lot of sewing, both western clothing and making kimono. She sewed kimono for friends, and also one for me. Its orange, so I don’t wear it any more. I have inherited my mother’s kimono. They are a little small, but we like the same dark and strong colours, so I…

Hiromi (Saitama)

PROFILE プロフィール Hiromi belongs to the 45-54 age group. She is married with one child. She was born and grew up in Osaka and moved to Kantou area when she was 21. She is an illustrator and a writer, and recently writes popular books about Buddhism. Her kimono wearing is related to her activities with this…

Yukiko’s Kimono Story (Part 4)

STORIES 着物物語 This is the first and only kimono that I bought by myself. I wanted a bold and bright polyester kimono for my work as a guide. Its really suitable for that and I wear it a lot. It is also the first time I’ve worn a ready-made kimono and it is a bit…

Yukiko’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

STORIES 着物物語 This tsumugi ensemble came from my husband’s mother. She ordered this and my husband’s ensemble at the same time and gave us them as a surprise present to make us happy. I wore this several times but I haven’t had the occasion to wear it recently. Tsumugi is said to be good for…

Yukiko’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

STORIES 着物物語 This plain colored kimono was given to be my mother when I graduated from university. I was given several kimono by my mother but this was the first one. I wore this kimono with a hakama at the graduation ceremony. Apart from the very formal kimono for the special ceremonies, and some casual…

Yukiko’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

STORIES 着物物語 I wore these furisode when I was young. One was bought by my grandmother when I was 18, ready for my for Coming of Age Day. But then she saw this second one in a kimono shop’s show room window, fell in love with it, and she bought this one too! So I…

Yukiko – Problems

PROBLEMS 困っていること I feel it is troublesome when the kimono I often use fray at the hem. I have other kimono I could use, so I have to think about the value of the kimono before I repair it, because it costs so much. It is also possible to sew on ribbon, but I really…

Yukiko – Influences

INFLUENCES影響 My grand mother learned Japanese traditional dance. When I was 16 years old, I went to Finland to study for one year. My grandmother taught me Japanese traditional dance and I showed how to wear kimono and do Japanese dance in a class in Finland. My grand mother also presented a kimono sewn to…

Yukiko (Tokyo)

PROFILE プロフィール Yukiko is living in in Tokyo, belongs to the 45-54 age group and is married. She is an office worker and also volunteers as a guide in a huge botanical garden. As she does her guiding wearing kimono, foreign guests really like it, and this influences the Japanese guests. From childhood she was…

Rena’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

STORIES 着物物語 I found this yukata last summer. I tried not to buy it, but I couldn’t help it because I loved the big and bold flower design and it happened to be in my favourite colours, blue and yellow and gold. I really love this one. I wear it with all yellow accessories. 昨年の夏にこの浴衣を見つけました。買わないように頑張りましたが、結局買ってしまいました。この大きな花柄と、青と黄色と金のこの色合わせが気に入ってしまいました。これを着る時は全て小物は黄色にします。大好きな1枚です。

Rena’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

STORIES 着物物語 This furisode I wore in Bangkok, Canada and Germany and also in Japan. Because I am short I can wear it normally or as an uchikake. I played an oiran in it and also used it when doing tate. That is really hard because the sleeves are long and its covered in gold,…

Rena’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

STORIES 着物物語 This is an age seven Shichigosan girls’ kimono. I have many memories with it. I wore it for my performances in Bangkok, Canada and also Germany as well as for performances in Japan. I bought it two years ago and it has many stains on it but they don’t show, so I can…