Yoko’s Kimono Story (Part Three)



The third kimono was given to me by my grandmother, but it was originally my aunt’s kimono. My aunt passed away when she was very young and so my grandmother kept it for her, to give to me. It was actually given to me when my father passed away, and I was in my 40s. Then my relatives told me the story of his and his sister’s childhood. Through this I was connected with his life and thoughts. I could feel the bond of family history through this kimono. I realized that the kimono is like blood, and the silk threads are like the blood vessels which connect the family members. From that time I realized that kimono is not just clothing, not only something practical, but it is something that can be worn by and connected to many generations.


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