Tamaki’s Story 1

This kimono is very special to me. I wore it for my first meeting with my husband. In those days about half of people were doing love marriages and half were doing arranged ones. I went the traditional way, and had an arranged one. I had been to meet several men before, and this meeting was to be a casual one at the house, rather than a fancy restaurant. This kimono was my mother’s and she chose it for me for the meeting. It is a komon not a very formal kimono. The light green and flowers look cheerful. We met formally twice and then had a date at the movies. After that I had to decide. We met four times in total before we married. I don’t think young people today can imagine that, but it was normal back then.


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