Nozomi – Problems

NOZOMI’S PROBLEMS  困っていること Editor’s Note: We have also included photos of Nozomi’s wedding kimono as she is one of the few women we have interviewed who owns one. I got many kimono from the two grandmothers of my husband. These kimono’s yuki (sleeve plus shoulder width) are so short for me that I am concerned…

Nozomi – Influences

I was influenced by my high-school friend first. Our taste was the same. We liked history, kimono, etc. We went to summer festivals in yukata together, and wore hakama at our graduation ceremony together. After graduating, we went to buy polyester kimono together. We searched the information about what we needed to buy on the…

Nozomi (Tokyo)

Nozomi belongs to 20-34 age group, and she was born and grew in Tokyo. Now she lives Tokyo with Her son, her husband and his parents. She has been wearing kimono for 20 years. One of her happy memories in her childhood was being dressed in yukata by her mother for summer festivals. When Nozomi…

Makoto’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

MAKOTO’S STORY 3  着物物語3 I got this polyester kimono at a second hand kimono shop. This kimono make me feel comfortable because I was praised every time I wore it, by all kinds of people, young and old, men and women. It is a modern kimono but its made like the antique kimono with the added…

Makoto’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

MAKOTO’S STORY 2 着物物語2 I tailored this kimono as my graduation project. When I was in school, I tailored 18 works like yukata, juban, haori, etc. I got a white roll of cloth and asked to have it dyed to a color I like. I really liked the blue-green color of the cover of a dust…

Makoto’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

MAKOTO’S STORY 1  着物物語1 This yukata is the one I tailored for the first time when I entered kimono vocational school. It took about 3 months and I wore it in summer. The most difficult part was to finish was the corner of the hem. I did it earlier than the rest of the class…

Makoto – Problems

MAKOTO’S PROBLEMS  困っていること When I wore kimono often, I really didn’t like my kimono to be touched by people without them say anything. Older women especially would come up to me and touch my kimono or obi saying “it’s good.” They would never do that if I wore western clothing. Also, I didn’t like to…

Makoto – Influences

MAKOTO’S INFLUENCES影響 When I was in kimono vocational school, I did not wear kimono in private. At that time, kimono was study, and not a fun thing for me. It was really difficult to find the place or occasion to go out to in kimono. When I started to work in kimono in Tokyo, I…

Makoto (Saitama)

MAKOTO’S PROFILE プロフィール Makoto belongs to the 20 to 34 years old age group, she is living in Saitama, is married, and is a housewife. She was born and grew up in Nagoya, and her mother dressed her in yukata every summer when she was child. Makoto’s mother has some kimono but she cannot not…

Chikako’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

CHIKAKO’S STORY 3 着物物語3 This kimono was given to me by a friend. It is a furisode so I couldn’t normally use it. My friend thinks it is rather old. I think it could be used as a coat for a stage performance, for some kind of dance. The pawlonia and phoenix design is not…

Chikako’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

CHIKAKO’S STORY 2 着物物語2 This is a very unusual kimono that I was given by someone I know. I don’t know who used it. It is a dark purple plain kimono in a thick chirimen, but it has a tie-dye patterned hiyoku eri, an extra collar, and the front edge also has this design on…

Chikako’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

CHIKAKO’S STORY 1 着物物語1 This kimono is special to me because I had it made up for dancing. Dancing kimono are sewn a little wider than regular ones. I can dance male roles in this kimono because the pattern is not feminine and flowery. The design is called namigashira, waves and rocks. Its very cool….