Atsuko’s Influences

I remember that my grandmother always used to wear kimono. It was very casual, with a half-width obi in kai no kuchi. She’d put on a kimono apron and take a basket to go shopping. I thought she was very cool. I wanted to wear kimono like that. My mother could dress herself in kimono,…

Atsuko (Saitama)

Atsuko is in the 55 to 64 year old age group. She is single and works as an editor at a publishing company. She lives in Saitama. She wore the kimono for 7,5,3 and then again at coming of age and on her graduation. However, she did not get interested in kimono until she was…

Chikage’s Story 3

This kimono was in one of collections of the most famous antique kimono collector in Japan who I respect. I love her collection and always went to her exhibitions. After she passed away, when I visited her antique kimono shop, her daughter sold her collection. I love purple. Actually, I bought my first antique kimono…

Chikage’s Story 2

I got this sanpo-gi (walking out) kimono last year. This kimono has a family crest, so it is a semi-formal kimono. Sanpo-gi were worn by wealthy family women for going out to places like the theater or eating in restaurants in the Taisho era and the beginning of the Showa era. They were made to…

Chikage’s Story 1

This homonngi is painted Kaga-yuzen on a tsumugi fabric. I tailored this when I was late 20’s. This is a quiet and wintry expression, a cool tsumugi with a mature image. It is very different from my tea ceremony kimono which were made with my mother’s taste. I really like this picture. The most important…

Chikage’s Problems

My problem is storage. I love regular western clothes and I have a lot them too, but my storage has limits. I can’t stop buying kimono so I try to keep the amount the same by giving them to my friends. Antique kimono are easily damaged, so I ask how to care for them, to…

Chikage’s Influences

I was influenced a lot by a woman who was the most famous antique kimono collector in Japan and an antique kimono shop owner. I certainly visited her luxury kimono collection exhibitions, and I have all the catalogs of her exhibitions. I was fascinated by her coordination which tell stories. They seem like intellectual games,…

Chikage (Tokyo)

Chikage belongs to the 45-54 year old age group. She was born in Chiba prefecture and is living in Tokyo and working as an art director. She has been learning tea ceremony since she was a child because her mother was a friend of the tea ceremony teacher. Chikage grew up familiar with kimono since…

Kumiko’s Story 2

This kimono is special because my mother had it made for herself. The other ones came from my aunts. She had it made to wear when I graduated from elementary school. It is sharkskin komon. I remember her wearing it when I graduated. 私の着物のほとんどは叔母から譲られた物ですが、この着物は母が自身のために誂えた着物で、とても特別です。母が私の小学校の卒業式のために誂えました。鮫小紋です。私の卒業式に、母がこれを着ていた記憶があります。

Kumiko’s Story 1

This yukata is the only item that was made for me. I think I was around 30. My mother took me to make it, and we chose it together. We thought we would go out together in yukata, but actually just after that she got sick, so I have hardly worn it. 30歳ぐらいの時にこの浴衣を誂えました。唯一私の為に作ってもらったものです。母がお店に連れて行ってくれ、一緒に選びました。二人で一緒に浴衣で出かけるつもりでしたが、その後、母は病気になってしまい、結局あまり着る事がないままになってしまいました。

Kumiko’s Problems

I think I could have gotten into wearing kimono in my 30s and 40s, but in reality I had to look after my mother. In my work now I have to carry trays up and down very steep stairs. It wouldn’t be safe to wear kimono, and they would get dirty. In addition, my clientele…

Kumiko’s Influences

I am influenced by my mother. Her kimono are important to me. I’m also influenced by my aunts, especially the one who ran the inn. I have always liked old things, too. 母からの影響が大きいです。母の着物を大切にしています。叔母達からも影響を受けましたが、特に旅館の女将さんだった叔母からの影響が大きいです。また昔から古い物が好きでした。