Hitomi’s Kimono Story (Part 4)

My daughter is quite a lot taller than I am. This creates a problem for her, when she is searching for kimono. The kimono in the flea markets and antique or second hand shops are usually much too short for her. This means that although I can often buy old used kimono for myself, I…

Hitomi’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

I received this kimono from my mother. However it was not originally my mother’s kimono. It belonged to a very special friend of my mother. I cannot even remember the name of that friend or why she was so special to my mother. I would love to know the story, but now it is too…

Hitomi’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

  This kimono has a peony design on it. Originally it was yellow. It is very important for me as my mother made a special effort to purchase it for me when I got married. I know how hard it was financially for my mother, and I cannot forget the sacrifice that my mother made…

Hitomi’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

The kimono I am wearing comes from the local antique market. As I go there every month, there is a seller who I frequent who has come to know my style. He picks up items especially for me. I respect his advice and rely upon him to know what kind of kimono suit me. This…

Minako’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

MINAKO’S STORY 3 着物物語3 I found and tailored this zenmai (royal fern) tsumugi one or two years ago at a kimono sale event. I knew I wanted to find the right kimono for me, so I asked my mother to go with me. This is almost the first kimono that I picked out by myself. It…

Minako’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

MINAKO’S STORY 2 着物物語2 My mother used to wear this Oshima tsumugi on New Year’s days when she was young. Now she is learning to play the koto and wears gorgeous kimono on the stage, but she does not wear kimono in her private life, so this Oshima tsumugi had been neglected for a long…

Minako’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

MINAKO’S STORY 1 着物物語1 I found this kimono had been sleeping as a tanmono (kimono rolled fabric) for years at my parents place. I brought it to Tokyo and tailored it my size. Apparently, my grandmother bought this but she could not wear it, and my mother also didn’t wear it. This suits my taste,…

Mika’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

MIKA’S STORY 2 着物物語 2 This plum coloured kimono and obi were given to me by a friend at aikido. She is also a tea ceremony teacher. She said I could use this kimono for practicing. I took some free lessons in wearing kimono but I haven’t practiced in a while. I would really like…

Mika’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

MIKA’S STORY 1 着物物語 1 A friend got married at a very nice hotel in Tokyo and one of my relatives lent me a light purple kimono to go in. It looked really great, and I was deeply impressed by that. So then I wanted one like that for myself, and I went on to…

Lynn Yuki’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

LYNN YUKI’S STORY 2 着物物語 2 I bought this kimono from an antique kimono store, and it was quite expensive for me. It is omeshi and it is warm colours, reds, pinks with yellow flowers. I like omeshi, I have several. This kimono has these different diamond and triangular like shapes and there are some…

Lynn Yuki’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

LYNN YUKI’S STORY 1 着物物語 1 This is a kimono I bought new from a brand that is very popular now. The cloth is from a well-known textile designer. It is polyester, but it is a thick jacquard kind of weave. It is single-layered, hitoe, but it can be worn in winter because it is…

Tomoko’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

TOMOKO’S STORY 3 着物物語 3 I got this kimono 4 years ago when I went to a Yuki tsumugi producing district as a study as part of the kimono school. At first I did not going to buy anything. But when I looked at this kimono, I liked this color. I heard that the young…