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 was a junior high school student, she did not like to wear the tsukuri-obi ( ready made bow shape obi) that her mother put her on. But her mother could not tie the real long obi so she bought and gave a yukata wearing how-to-do-it book for her daughter. Nozomi learned from it and dressed herself in yukata.
When she was a high school student, her school didn’t have a uniform, so she wore hakama at her graduation ceremony. On her coming-of-age ceremony, she wore her aunt’s furisode with new accessories to make a more modern look. This furisode is so fine that she keeps it at her parents’ place to hand down to next generation. When she was in nursery vocational school, she learned to wear kimono from the internet with a friend and they went out together to some good places for walking in kimono, like Japanese gardens or museums. She wore hakama as a teacher for 6 years after graduation. She went to kimono wearing school for three months during this period. As she loves kimono, she worked in a second hand kimono shop for a year. She wore an uchikake at her wedding ceremony. She bought the uchikake at a second hand shop, because it was cheaper than renting one from the wedding company. Most people rent uchikake rather than buy them, but she liked the patterns on it and she sometimes opens the drawer, just to enjoy looking at it. She is afraid of wearing silk kimono now because she has a little boy. She bought some polyester fabric and sewed the kimono she wore for the interview using a sewing machine, with the help of a sewing book. She also sewed an everyday kimono for her son, on a sewing machine as well. She hopes that her son feels kimono is close and that her family take care about Japanese seasonal events. She is challenging to get the Japanese kimono wearers test of kimono culture because she wants to keep Japanese culture alive, and she has reached the semi grade one level. She will challenge level one next.
She owns 74 kimono including her son’s and her husband’s. 60-70% of them are given from the two grandmothers of her husband who were a Japanese dance teacher and a tea ceremony teacher. 80% of the kimono are casual kimono like komon, tsumugi, wool, cotton, polyester, etc. The other kimono are homongi, tomesode, mourning wear, and her uchikake.


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