Atsuko (Saitama)

Atsuko is in the 55 to 64 year old age group. She is single and works as an editor at a publishing company. She lives in Saitama. She wore the kimono for 7,5,3 and then again at coming of age and on her graduation. However, she did not get interested in kimono until she was…

Kumiko (Tokyo)

Kumiko is in the 45-54 year age group. She was born and brought up in Tokyo, is single, and runs a small café and gallery. Kumiko remembers that her mother wore kimono on special occasions, such as New Year or her school graduation ceremonies. She herself had one made when she was 7 for 7,5,3,…

Mika (Tokyo)

Mika belongs 25-34 years old age group, and was born and grew up in Tokyo. Her kimono memories are 7,5,3 and wearing yukata for summer festivals. From when she was in junior high school, she was interested in Japanese items. She walked around at junior high school with a folding fan in her chest pocket….

Tomomi (Tokyo)

Tomomi came to Tokyo from Kagoshima in Kyushu, for work, after doing graduate studies in Hiroshima. Her only memories of being dressed in kimono are 7,5,3 and coming of age. She doesn’t remember her family wearing kimono, but her grandmother sewed them. She remembers that when she started to wear kimono, when she was a…

Yukiko’s Problems

I feel troubled by how to store my kimono. They take a lot of space, even though I do often wear them. And my kimono are still increasing in number now. Many people try to give them to me. I have no idea what I can do with them. 収納に困っています。普段着るものではないのに場所を取ってしまっています。また着物を譲ってくださる方が多く、数が増えてしまって、どうしようかと考えています。

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…

Hitomi – Problems

I have no problems concerning my kimono life. I am enjoying it 100%. I recycle kimono I cannot wear anymore, or I repurpose them as clothing, mats, bags, pencil cases or other interior goods. Nothing goes to waste in my house. I try not to keep wool around me, as wool kimono attract moths to…

Hitomi – Influences

A bigger influence on me than my own mother, who couldn’t afford to wear kimono on regular occasions, was my mother-in-law. My mother-in-law was a Koto teacher, (Japanese table harp). Because of her work she owned many kimono. She tried to train me in the art of koto, but I did not have an ear…

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…