Kumiko’s Problems

I think I could have gotten into wearing kimono in my 30s and 40s, but in reality I had to look after my mother. In my work now I have to carry trays up and down very steep stairs. It wouldn’t be safe to wear kimono, and they would get dirty. In addition, my clientele are all ages, many families, and there is an image in Japan that if the proprietor wears a kimono, then it’s a place where men come to get drunk. I have to be careful about the café’s image.

30歳代、40歳代は、着物を楽しめる時期だったはずですが、私は介護で忙しくなってしまいました。

今の仕事は、急な階段を飲み物を載せたトレイを持って昇ったり降りたりするので、着物を着ると危ないし、汚れてしまいます。お客様の年齢層は幅広く、家族連れも多いです。ママさんが着物を着ていると、男性がお酒を飲みに行く店、というようなイメージを持つ人がいるので、気を付けています。

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