Mika (Tokyo)

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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 an MC as a hobby.
She liked kimono from when she was small because all the women in her house liked it. Her real kimono life started when she was 28 and her mother passed away from an aggressive from of cancer, leaving many kimono. Mostly they were sewn for herself, but some were sewn for Mika’s future. Mika thought it was a shame not to wear them, so she learnt how to dress from her aunt, who was a trained teacher.
Mika is recently married, so her kimono collection is split into two parts at the present time. The chest that belonged to her mother is at her family house, and she has two other chests in her new apartment. The kimono from her mother are very special for Mika. They are all dyed kimono, and all tailor made. She has little room in her new apartment and as these kimono are special for her, she does not wear them often.
Her collection comprises almost eighty kimono. Over half of these are inherited from her relatives. Ten kimono she has ordered herself, and a few are from friends or used kimono shops. The majority of her kimono collection are komon and tsumugi. She also has several cotton ones. Mika likes weaving and she tends to choose warm colours, though she has inherited many blue and cool colours. Mika likes tsumugi. She received some from her aunt who passed them on, and she is learning to enjoy casual kimono style.

美香さんは35歳から44歳の年齢のグループ、お母さまは山形出身ですが美香さんは東京で育ちました。昔はMCでしたが今それは趣味として活動し、今はコールセンターのトレーナーとして働いています。小さい頃から家族の女性皆が着物好きでしたので美香さんも着物が好きになりました。実際に着物を着るようになったのは28歳、お母さまががんで亡くなった時です。お母さまはたくさんの着物を残されました。ほとんどはお母様自身のために誂えた物でしたが美香さんの将来のためのものもありました。美香さんはこのお母さまの着物がもったいないと思い、着付けの先生である叔母さまにお願いして着付けを習い、着られるようになりました。

最近結婚したため、お母さまに頂いた箪笥一竿はお父さんの家に、新居のアパートは充分な広さがないものの、箪笥2竿を置いています。お母さんの着物は美香さんの宝物です。ほとんどは小紋柄の着物ですが 特別なものなので、あまり頻繁に着ることはありません。

美香さんの所有する着物は80枚くらい、その半分以上は親戚からのいただきものであり、美香さんが自分で誂えたものは10枚です。他に友達や古着屋さんからもいただいたり買ったりしました。小紋と紬が中心ですが木綿も何枚かお持ちです。暖かい色が好きですが頂き物の中では青い色や涼しい色が多くなりました。美香さん自身は紬が好みです。叔母さまからも何枚かいただきました。今気楽に着る着物を楽しんでいます。

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