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…

Rena – Problems

I am young and no one my age is wearing kimono. If I gather with a group of friends from school I don’t wear kimono because if I do they will be like “What’s up Rena?” or “What happened?” and they will look at me strangely. So I have to wear regular clothes with them,…

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)

STORIES 着物物語 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…

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)

STORIES 着物物語 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…