Miki – Influences

INFLUENCES影響 My parents’ home town is in the Kansai area, so we always went back there to see our relatives on New Years Day. In my childhood, I was dressed in kimono and my hair was done in the Japanese traditional hair style. I loved to go out in that style and hoped to keep…

Miki (Tokyo)

PROFILE プロフィール Miki belongs to the 45-54 year old age group. She is married and is living in Tokyo with four cats. She is an office worker. She was dressed in kimono by her family members on new year days in her childhood. As she grew up, she learned to wear yukata by herself but…

Hiromi’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

STORY 2 着物物語 2 This purple kimono with a shaded ground is important for me. It was the first kimono that I had order made. I went to a kimono shop with a friend about two years ago and they showed me the cloth. It was really expensive, but I love the colour, so I…

Hiromi’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

STORY 1 着物物語 1 This blue tsukesage is special for me. It was my mother’s. I think she must have made it when she was young, possibly it was part of her dowry from her marriage. As it still had the tacking stitches in it, I don’t think she ever wore it. I love the…

Hiromi – Problems

  PROBLEMS 問題 Kimono are difficult to move in, and look after them is a pain. Cleaning is expensive, and I don’t like sewing on the collars. I don’t wear white collars because they get dirty so quickly. I feel that kimono is cold at the neck and also at the ankles, but its too…

Hiromi – Influences

INFLUENCES 影響 My mother did a lot of sewing, both western clothing and making kimono. She sewed kimono for friends, and also one for me. Its orange, so I don’t wear it any more. I have inherited my mother’s kimono. They are a little small, but we like the same dark and strong colours, so I…

Hiromi (Saitama)

PROFILE プロフィール Hiromi belongs to the 45-54 age group. She is married with one child. She was born and grew up in Osaka and moved to Kantou area when she was 21. She is an illustrator and a writer, and recently writes popular books about Buddhism. Her kimono wearing is related to her activities with this…

Yukiko’s Kimono Story (Part 4)

STORIES 着物物語 This is the first and only kimono that I bought by myself. I wanted a bold and bright polyester kimono for my work as a guide. Its really suitable for that and I wear it a lot. It is also the first time I’ve worn a ready-made kimono and it is a bit…

Yukiko’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

STORIES 着物物語 This tsumugi ensemble came from my husband’s mother. She ordered this and my husband’s ensemble at the same time and gave us them as a surprise present to make us happy. I wore this several times but I haven’t had the occasion to wear it recently. Tsumugi is said to be good for…

Yukiko’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

STORIES 着物物語 This plain colored kimono was given to be my mother when I graduated from university. I was given several kimono by my mother but this was the first one. I wore this kimono with a hakama at the graduation ceremony. Apart from the very formal kimono for the special ceremonies, and some casual…

Yukiko’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

STORIES 着物物語 I wore these furisode when I was young. One was bought by my grandmother when I was 18, ready for my for Coming of Age Day. But then she saw this second one in a kimono shop’s show room window, fell in love with it, and she bought this one too! So I…

Yukiko – Problems

PROBLEMS 困っていること I feel it is troublesome when the kimono I often use fray at the hem. I have other kimono I could use, so I have to think about the value of the kimono before I repair it, because it costs so much. It is also possible to sew on ribbon, but I really…