Mieko’s Kimono Story (Part 2)



When I became a tea teacher, I had to choose a tea ceremony name. My name comes from a flower, “kakitsubata” in the Ise Mongatari story. This is a classical Japanese tale and is connected with Aichi prefecture, where I originally come from. The flower is a kind of iris. My name is Sou En, which is another pronunciation of the name of this flower. I bought this kimono because of the iris design on it, which match my tea ceremony name. They are dyed in the style of the Edo period painter Korin, who is famous for his depiction of iris flowers. Because this is the only flower in the kimono, I can only wear it in May, just before the iris bloom, so it is a special kimono.


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