Mitsuyo’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

STORY 1 着物物語 1 This tomesode was part of the trousseau of kimono that my mother had made for me when I got married. There were lots of bright and shiny ones, but I saw this one across the room and I pointed to it straight away. “I want that one”. It is quite subtle…

Mitsuyo – Problems

MITSUYO – PROBLEMS問題 It is a little bit troublesome to get it all out and put it all away. Also, if I tie any kind of clothing too tightly, I get red marks on my skin. It is gone the next day though. If you go to an event with those Japanese Culture people you…

Mitsuyo – Influences

INFLUENCES影響 I think my big sister was a bit of an influence on me, not my grandmother, because we were not so close. I also enjoyed the dance class and the dance teacher’s grandmother was always really kind and gave me tea and sweets after the classes, so it was fun. Now I don’t really…

Mitsuyo (Tokyo)

PROFILE プロフィール Mitsuyo is a freelance editor, now single and living with her grown up son. Belongs 55-64 years old age group. When she was growing up, her grandmother always wore kimono. She also sewed and mended them. When Mitsuyo was in elementary school, her mother made her learn lots of typical things. She learned…

Salira’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

STORY 3 着物物語3 I decided that my budget for kimono shopping at used kimono stores or on the internet is¥1,000 because then I don’t feel guilty and I know that there is no upper limit, so I made this rule for myself. Recently I pop into kimono shops when I go to different places. I…

Salira’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

STORY 2 着物物語2 I was given this blue komon kimono from my husband’s aunt. This new year, I dressed my mother-in-law in kimono and we went to visit my husband’s aunt together. Until then we hadn’t had much to say to each other, but the conversation blossomed when we were discussing kimono with her. We…

Salira’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

STORY 1 着物物語1 I got this kimono for ¥200 on internet. When I stared learning to wear kimono, I wanted want to practice with and I searched in internet. I often use the internet for kimono shopping. I am afraid that real shops are very expensive and difficult to shop in, but I can see…

Salira – Problems

PROBLEMS問題 Because of my husband’s work, we have to move often so we try not to have a lot of furniture and most of it can be constructed at home or folded small. So I can not buy a proper big kimono chest. Now I am in the process of trying to work out the…

Salira – Influences

INFLUENCES影響 When I was a child, I lived in Kyushu, near a district of pubs and drinking places. I was always in awe of the hostess or bar owner women’s cool kimono wearing style, the way that they wore kimono pulled down at the back of the neck. They looked so stylish. In the summer,…

Salira (Kanagawa)

PROFILE プロフィール Sally lives in Kanagawa prefecture, belongs 25-34 year age group and is married. She hold a national tour guide license as well as working in an office. Her kimono history is 2 years. She dresses her family, and sometimes foreign visitors in kimono as well as wearing it herself. From when she was…

Miki’s Kimono Stories (Parts 3&4)

STORY 3&4 物語3&4 This kimono belonged to a sister of my mother’s father. It went to my mother when she was young. I think it was made in the Taisho period. My grand aunt wore it when she was going out. I noticed the tacking on this kimono when I got it from my mother….

Miki’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

STORY 2  物語2 When I started wearing kimono, my mother knew that I was going out and finding meisen from my friends and from used kimono shops. My mother went and dug out this kimono from the family closet for me. Apparently she wore it when she was young, but I had never seen it. Now…