Hitomi (Saitama)

Hitomi was born and grew up in Hokkaido. She came to Tokyo after graduating high school to do office work. She soon met her husband and they set up home near Tokyo. She has lived here in Tokyo ever since. Her mother liked kimono, but they were poor, so kimono were really special and were…

Minako (Tokyo)

MINAKO’S PROFILE プロフィール Minako belongs to the under 34 year old group, is single and was born in Akita prefecture, now living in Tokyo. She is working as a freelance image identity designer. She likes Japanese traditional culture; for example, attending tea ceremonies or writing calligraphy. She started to have an interest in kimono from…

Mika (Tokyo)

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…

Lynn Yuki (Tokyo)

LYNN YUKI’S PROFILE プロフィール Lynn Yuki is in the under age 35 age group. She is a single office worker in Tokyo. She was born and brought up in Nagano and came to Tokyo for work. Her hobbies are cooking, surfing, DJ-ing and kimono. She can wear her mother’s kimono because they are the same…

Tomoko (Kanagawa)

TOMOKO’S PROFILE プロフィール Tomoko belongs to the 55-64 year old age group, was born in Tokyo and lives Kanagawa now. After retiring from the international company where she worked as a director of the personnel section, she works now as a freelance human affairs consultant and interpretation guide. When she was a child, she liked…

Kikuko (Tokyo)

KIKUKO’S PROFILE プロフィール Kikuko grew up in the Shinjuku area as her grandfather worked for a very big printing company and her family all lived together. She remembers that her grandmother always wore kimono, her mother wore it on special occasions and they dressed her in yukata for matsuri in the summer and in kimono for…

Kazuko (Tokyo)

KAZUKO’S PROFILE プロフィール Kazuko, belongs to the 55-64 years old age group. She was born in Fukuoka prefecture and now lives in Tokyo with one her three daughters and husband. When she was a child, her mother often wore kimono. Especially in winter, her mother wore a wool kimono almost every day because it was…

Mieko (Tokyo)

MIEKO’S PROFILE プロフィール Photographer’s Note: Based on Mieko’s wishes, we did not photograph her face directly during this interview. She wishes for us to enjoy her kimono collection instead. Mieko is in the over 65 age group. She is a widow and is living with one of her two sons in a small eighty-five-year-old Japanese styled…

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…

Makoto (Saitama)

MAKOTO’S PROFILE プロフィール Makoto belongs to the 20 to 34 years old age group, she is living in Saitama, is married, and is a housewife. She was born and grew up in Nagoya, and her mother dressed her in yukata every summer when she was child. Makoto’s mother has some kimono but she cannot not…

Chikako (Tokyo)

PROFILE プロフィール Chikako is in the 55-65 age group. She comes from Sendai and moved to Tokyo on her marriage. She has lived half her life in Sendai, and half in Tokyo. She does not work now, but she has experience of working in a wedding and event business doing kimono dressing. She enjoys Japanese…

Atsuko (Tokyo)

ATSUKO’S PROFILE プロフィール Atsuko is in the over 65 years old group. She is a single retired university professor. She remembers wearing kimono on her seijin shiki, when she studied tea ceremony in her twenties and at her brother’s wedding, but she is not a regular kimono wearer. Mainly Atsuko spoke to us on behalf…