Mika’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

STORY 1 着物物語1 This all over design casual (komon) kimono is very special to me because I am the fourth person in my family to wear it. It was made for my grandmother’s sister, and then my grandmother wore it, and then my mother, and now me. It was used by my relatives for doing…

Mika – Problems

PROBLEMS 問題 I’m not really very good at sewing on collars, and I also don’t like clearing up after I have worn a kimono. I sweat a lot, particularly under the obi, so I have to hang my kimono up to air and occasionally send them to be dry cleaned. Also, space is a big…

Mika – Influences

INFLUENCES 影響 I was not influenced by my mother really, because she was not alive when I began to wear kimono, so a greater influence on me was my aunt. I also used to look at the magazine, Utsukushii Kimono. Then I met the Nishiwakis, the couple who run Kimono Biyori, an organization that puts…

Mika (Tokyo)

PROFILE プロフィール Mika is in the 35 to 44 age group. Her mother came from Yamagata, but Mika has always lived in Tokyo. She used to work as an Master of Ceremonies and performer, but as there is not enough work in that, she now works as a communication and call center trainer, and is…

Naomi’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

STORY 3着物物語3 My mother ordered this plain colored kimono for me. Before this kimono, she ordered some kimono to be made for me, but they were all pink and I resisted wearing them. It made her sad. This kimono became precious because I could finally wear what my mother ordered. After I stared to buy…

Naomi’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

STORY 2着物物語2 I got this black Oshima-tsumugi over 20 years ago. I joined a free tour to Oshima island that was planned by the kimono shop I was influenced by first. The cost of transportation and the accommodation were free, and we looked around the artisans’ work shops and dyeing places. Then we were taken…

Naomi’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

STORY 1着物物語1 This kimono is the first one I bought for myself. Previously my mother ordered some kimono for me, but they were all pink. Maybe her generation had the idea that young women should wear pink, but I didn’t want to wear it. The shop also recommended that I buy pink when I made…

Naomi – Problems

PROBLEMS 困っていること I feel troubled that I do not have a specialist shop for kimono cleaning and maintenance in my neighborhood. Kimono shops nowadays also take kimono for cleaning or maintenance, but as they are combined, I feel it is troublesome when they try and sell me kimono or obi, when I only ask them…

Naomi – Influences

INFLUENCES影響 I had two encounters with two kimono shops. In my 20’s I started to wear kimono, I didn’t know much about kimono and went to a kimono chain store that was in my neighborhood. The staff member of the shop was so kind and had great knowledge so I learned a lot about kimono…

Naomi (Tokyo)

PROFILE プロフィール Naomi was born in Akita prefecture and lives in Tokyo now. She belongs to the 55-64 years old age group and is married. She is a manager of a dyeing-weaving studio. She started to wear kimono 25 years ago when she learnt tea ceremony. She learned to wear kimono in four days at…

Mitsuyo’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

STORY 3 着物物語 3 This tsumugi was from my grandmother’s collection which was split up when she died. My sister and other relatives took the other kimono, so I just have this one. It was actually woven by one of my grandmother’s relatives. I have had it lengthened and re-dyed and also put in a…

Mitsuyo’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

STORY 2 着物物語 2 This omeshi is the first kimono I bought myself. It is Nishijin omeshi. It was when I was in my 40s, and I went to free kimono lesson course. Until then I just wore kimono my own way, I had not had lessons because my mother taught me. They made a…