Minako’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

MINAKO’S STORY 3 着物物語3 I found and tailored this zenmai (royal fern) tsumugi one or two years ago at a kimono sale event. I knew I wanted to find the right kimono for me, so I asked my mother to go with me. This is almost the first kimono that I picked out by myself. It…

Minako’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

MINAKO’S STORY 2 着物物語2 My mother used to wear this Oshima tsumugi on New Year’s days when she was young. Now she is learning to play the koto and wears gorgeous kimono on the stage, but she does not wear kimono in her private life, so this Oshima tsumugi had been neglected for a long…

Minako’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

MINAKO’S STORY 1 着物物語1 I found this kimono had been sleeping as a tanmono (kimono rolled fabric) for years at my parents place. I brought it to Tokyo and tailored it my size. Apparently, my grandmother bought this but she could not wear it, and my mother also didn’t wear it. This suits my taste,…

Minako – Problems

MINAKO’S PROBLEMS  困っていること I take about an hour to complete putting on Nagoya-obi in otaiko style. I want to make it shorter, much less than one hour. To do that, I need to wear kimono more often and get to used to it. 名古屋帯でお太鼓をしめると1時間くらいかかります。もう少し短い時間、できれば1時間を切るくらいで着られるようになりたいです。着物をたくさん着ることで慣れていって時間を短くしたいと思っています。

Minako – Influences

MINAKO’S INFLUENCES影響 I think I got kimono influences from my mother basically. I learnt how to wear kimono from her and she went to kimono sales events with me to give me advice. Also, I always ask her to do the maintenance on my kimono that I send to her in Akita, after I wear…

Minako (Tokyo)

MINAKO’S PROFILE プロフィール Minako belongs to the under 34 year old group, is single and was born in Akita prefecture, now living in Tokyo. She is working as a freelance image identity designer. She likes Japanese traditional culture; for example, attending tea ceremonies or writing calligraphy. She started to have an interest in kimono from…

Mika’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

MIKA’S STORY 2 着物物語 2 This plum coloured kimono and obi were given to me by a friend at aikido. She is also a tea ceremony teacher. She said I could use this kimono for practicing. I took some free lessons in wearing kimono but I haven’t practiced in a while. I would really like…

Mika’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

MIKA’S STORY 1 着物物語 1 A friend got married at a very nice hotel in Tokyo and one of my relatives lent me a light purple kimono to go in. It looked really great, and I was deeply impressed by that. So then I wanted one like that for myself, and I went on to…

Mika – Problems

MIKA’S PROBLEMS問題 I think I could probably wear it just casually, but my skills are not good enough to wear it at a wedding. If I tried it would take me at least an hour to put it on, and I think it would soon be messy again. I don’t have the confidence to do…

Mika – Influences

MIKA’S INFLUENCES影響 I don’t have many memories of kimono from my family. I remember the ceremonies for 7,5,3 coming of age and graduation, but on those occasions I wore rental kimono and I was dressed at the photographic studio. My first influence was probably becoming aware of my Japaneseness, when I was living in England….

Mika (Tokyo)

MIKA’S PROFILE プロフィール Mika is in group 2, (35-44) age group, living in Tokyo. She is a busy housewife, looking after her three young children at the moment. Mika lived in England from ages 11 to 15 and then again for two years as a student. Mika’s experiences of kimono are that she remembers going…

Lynn Yuki’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

LYNN YUKI’S STORY 2 着物物語 2 I bought this kimono from an antique kimono store, and it was quite expensive for me. It is omeshi and it is warm colours, reds, pinks with yellow flowers. I like omeshi, I have several. This kimono has these different diamond and triangular like shapes and there are some…