Rena – Influences

I was influenced by the fact that my grandmother did ikebana and so she sometimes wore kimono. These kimono she has now given to me, and they are kept in this tansu. I studied shodo calligraphy. I remember loving Shichigosan and dressing up for matsuri. I have always loved performing so this has meant that…

Rena (Chiba)

Rena belongs to the 20-34 age group. She is living in Chiba prefecture, with her parents, grandmother and brother. She is working as an actress, “tachi” sword dancing acrobat and choreographer. From elementary school, Rena loved to perform in dances at matsuri festivals. She loved wearing yukata and Japanese clothing and dancing soranbushi or yosakoi….

Kuniko’s Kimono Story (Part 4)

These two mourning kimono were owned by my mother. They both carry the facing pigeon crest of her family. This family crest was given by the Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo to my mother’s ancestors. I can associate with the samurai spirit through this, as it has been passed down the generations. I have many cousins because…

Kuniko’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

STORIES 着物物語 This kimono with a pattern all over was worn by my aunt in Kyushu, and the tomesode was worn by another aunt in Shiga. My grandmother had six daughters and two sons. My mother was the youngest girl and her oldest sister was twenty years older than her. The oldest and second oldest…

Kuniko’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

This is a homongi that was worn by my mother. She had it made to attend my graduation ceremony from junior high school, so it has good memories for me. My mother taught Japanese cookery. She worked really hard to send me to a private school. This colour purple really suited her. When she was…

Kuniko’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

This is the furisode is one of the special kimono which I wore for my Coming of Age Day. It is a soushibori fine tie-dyeing, kimono, that really takes a lot of effort to produce. My mother and aunt had discussed the making of it, but my mother just said the colour she wanted, and…

Kuniko – Problems 困っていること

Firstly, I don’t have confidence in my dressing skills. I don’t have confidence to tie my obi; I can only do it in a few ways. Another worry is how to store kimono. I am just keeping them as my mother did, but I worry if that is okay or not. The other day, I discovered…

Kuniko – Influences 影響

I was influenced by my grandmother, aunt and my mother. My grandmother had eight children, and she managed to work in the family restaurant, do housework and wear kimono. I vaguely remember her unpicking the family’s kimono and washing them by hand. My aunt had a kimono class at her house in Kawasaki. She always…

Kuniko (Tokyo)

Kuniko belongs to the 45-54 age group and was born and brought up in Tokyo. She has experience of living, learning and exchanging culture abroad, and in order to use that experience she works as a cultural coordinator, introducing Japanese culture to non-Japanese who visit or live in Japan. From when she was a child…

Emi’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

This homongi is important to me because I wear it for all my children’s events. It reminds me that I am a mother. It is a pastel color with small designs, so I think I can go on using it. この訪問着は子供のイベントや大切な式などに着ています。母としての自分を再認識する着物です。淡い色で柄が小さいいのでまだまだ先まで着られると思います。

Emi’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

I really love this oshima tsumugi. It is an interesting pattern for oshima tsumugi and I love the design. この大島紬の模様が大好きです。大胆な模様ですけど大好きです。  

Emi’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

The komon that I am wearing is important to me because I can’t forget how I felt in the shop when I put it on. I found a new me when I put it on. It was a wonderful feeling. It was my first kimono purchase and so it is where my kimono story begins….