Mika (Tokyo)

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MIKA’S PROFILE プロフィール

Mika is in group 2, (35-44) age group, living in Tokyo. She is a busy housewife, looking after her three young children at the moment. Mika lived in England from ages 11 to 15 and then again for two years as a student. Mika’s experiences of kimono are that she remembers going to the photographic studio for her 7,5,3 ceremonies, and then again at coming of age, (20) and for her university graduation. On these occasions the kimono was rented and she was dressed at the studio. She only remembers her mother wearing kimono on very special occasions, and thinks that her mother gave her kimono to her older brother’s wife. When she was 22, Mika started practicing aikido. She is taking a break from aikido now because of her children, but wants to do it again in the future.

One of her aikido friends who is also a tea ceremony teacher, gave her a tsumugi kimono to practice dressing. Mika took some free lessons. However, she does not feel confident about her skills yet.

Mika has 19 kimono all together. Almost all of them she has been given by her aunt or her mother-in-law. As she is not confident in dressing, she has not used them yet. A third of them are unlined tsumugi, and another third are tsumugi or komon. Then she has her one homongi, one iro muji and two yukata, and her husband’s kimono and yukata.

美華さんは35-44歳のグループ、東京にお住まいです。小さいお子さんが三人いて、主婦として大変忙しい日々を送っています。11歳から15歳までイギリスで生活し、大学を卒業した後の2年間もイギリスに行って勉強されました。着物にまつわる思い出として覚えているのは、七五三、成人式、そして大学の卒業式に着物をレンタルして着せてもらったこと、そしてとても特別な時にお母さまが着物を着ておられたことです。お母さまの着物は、お母さまのお兄さまのお嫁さんに譲られたそうです。美華さんは22歳の合気道を始めましたが、現在は子育てが忙しくお休み中で、いつかまた再開したいとお考えです。合気道のお仲間の一人がお茶の先生でもあり、美華さんに着物を着る練習用にと着物と帯を譲ってくださいました。その後、着つけの無料のレッソンをいくつか受けましたが、まだ上手に着る自信がありません。美華さんのお手持ちの着物は19枚。ほとんどはおばさまかお姑さんからの頂き物です。そのうちの3分の一は単衣紬、3分の一は紬と小紋、その他、訪問着、色無地、浴衣2枚とご主人の着物です。

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