Kaoru (Tokyo)

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KAORU’S PROFILE プロフィール
Kaoru was born and grew up in Gunma prefecture and lives now in Tokyo. She belongs 35-44 years age group and works as an office worker.
Gunma prefecture was one of famous areas for sericulture. Until she was born, her family were involved in sericulture. Until she was in high school, she saw some sericulture farmers in her neighborhood.
Kaoru’s grand mother wore cotton kimono everyday except in summer
and Kaoru’s father changed from his working suit into kimono for relaxing at home when she was small child. Since Kaoru spent much time with her grand mother in her childhood, they often watched the samurai period TV drama together. She trailed her grandmother’s shawl around like a Japanese princess. Also, she did not want to take off the 7,5,3 kimono when she wore it.
In her early 20’s she wore furisode on the coming-of-age ceremony and at her friends’ wedding parties. She had an interest in kimono but it looked difficult to get into, because she read a book of essays about stories of kimono failure, by a woman author, and she could not find a good, well-illustrated guide book like there are today.
In her late 30’s, she had interest in kimono again. She liked to go to listen to rakugo and she saw many people in kimono at the rakugo theater.
She wanted to understand the description of kimono in rakugo stories as well as in the TV samurai period programs which she liked from when she was child.
Around this time, she found a kimono wearing book with a DVD and she gathered the tips of wearing kimono beautifully from some kimono magazines. For about 5 years she dressed herself in kimono alone, but when she became interested enough to want to teach others about kimono, she wanted more confidence in her appearance, and she went to have some lessons in a kimono shop in her neighbourhood.
She has 50 kimono. 70% of them are tailored to her size. About 40 kimono are casual kimono like tsumugi, cotton, wool or komon, and rest are furisode, homongi, iromuji and mourning kimono.

薫さん、35-44歳の年齢のグループ、会社員。群馬県で生まれ育ち現在は東京にお住まいです。群馬県は養蚕の盛んだった地域の1つで、薫さんの家でも薫さんが生まれるまでは養蚕をしていました。薫さんが高校生のころまでは近所でも養蚕をやっていて身近な存在でした。
薫さんのお祖母様は夏以外はほとんど毎日、主に木綿の着物で過ごしていました。お父様も、薫さんが幼い頃は仕事から帰りスーツを脱ぐと和服に着替えてくつろいでいた記憶があります。薫さんはお祖母ちゃん子だったのでお祖母様と一緒にテレビの時代劇を観たり、お祖母様のケープを羽織り時代劇のお姫様のように引きずって遊んでいました。七五三で着物を着せてもらったときは嬉しくてなかなか脱ぎませんでした。
20代の初めに成人式や友達の結婚式で振袖を着て着物に興味を持ちましたが、今のように写真がいっぱい載っているわかりやすい本はなく、また女性作家の着物の失談の本を読み、着物はとっつきにくく難しいと思っていました。
30代の前半に落語を聴きに行くようになりました。演芸場では多くの着物姿の人を着かけました。落語では江戸の世界が語られ、もともと時代劇や時代小説が好きだったこともあり、その中に登場する着物の描写を理解したいと思い、再び着物に興味を持ちました。
この頃になるとDVD付きの着物の着方の本も出ていて、それを観ながら着方を覚えたり、雑誌や本を読んで色々と着方のコツを集めました。5年ほどの間は誰にも習わずに着ていましたが、着物の良さを人にも伝えたくなるにつれ、自分の着姿に自信を持ちたくなり近所の着物屋さんに習いに行きました。
お手持ちの着物は50枚。そのうち7割はご自分のサイズにお仕立てしたものです。紬や木綿、ウールや小紋などカジュアルな着物がお好きで、50枚のうち40枚を占めます。他に振袖、訪問着、色無地、喪服などお持ちです。

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