Risa (Tokyo)

Risa is in the 35-44 year old age group. She was born in Morioka city and grew up in Tokyo. She lives in Tokyo now. Although she never saw her mother in kimono in her childhood, she often listened to her stories about the beautiful and gorgeous kimono of geisha women who came to the…

Naoko’s Story 3

When I started to go to kimono dressing school, my teacher gave this kimono to me. I feel free to wear it because it is washable, a dark color, and the crepe fabric is easy to wear in beautiful way. When I attended a university class mate’s party in this kimono, my friend was influenced…

Naoko’s Story 2

When I was an English teacher at a high school in Fukuoka, I took on the role of being an assistant to give diplomas to graduating students. My parents made this kimono for the ceremony. The four seasons flowers are drawn on the gold circles. My favorite flower is the iris. But unfortunately I wore…

Naoko’s Story 1

My parents made this tsukesage for me when I was single. I wore this to my brother’s wedding ceremony and visiting a shrine for my sons. The patterns are not big but it looks gorgeous since the fabric is shiny and the patterns are classic. It is ochre gold color and looks quiet, so I…

Naoko’s Problems

I tend to forget how to wear kimono if I don’t wear it regularly. Especially the obi is difficult. It needs physical strength and flexibility to tie obi. It takes time before and after kimono wearing. Kimono need much more space to store them and care for them than regular clothes. I don’t wear silk…

Naoko’s Influences

I started to wear kimono when I belonged to the tea ceremony club in university. I started to learn tea ceremony again recently so I could make some chances to wear kimono. When I leaned to dress myself and others in kimono, I noticed that my teachers add little finishing touches to the wearing of…

Naoko (Tokyo)

Naoko belongs to the 55-64 year old age group. She is working as an English teacher in junior high school. She was born and grew up in Fukuoka prefecture and now lives in Tokyo. Her first kimono memory was wearing a yukata in a summer festival in her childhood. Her parents made a furisode for…

Mika’s Story 3

I made this hiki, trailing, furisode as my graduation piece for college. I was the first student who had made a hikigi, trailing kimono, so there was no data available. It was hard to gather the materials and data to refer to. I tried to look for the materials for making a hikigi at the…

Mika’s Story 2

I fell in love at first sight and bought this kimono ten years ago as a roll of cloth. It looks like a maiko’s kimono or a kabuki costume. It was komon tannmono. But I asked to tailor it to close the image of the costume: with long sleeves and rounded sleeve corners after asking…

Mika’s Story 1

This Kagayuzen kimono came from my mother. My mother wore this for her engagement ceremony. I changed the length of the sleeves. I really like this because of the elegantly expressed dyeing. I try to wear it often while I’m young, because I don’t think I can wear pink when I get older. In the…

Mika’s Problems

I am worried about storage. My place doesn’t have enough space, so my kimono are stored at my parents’ place and some are at my grandmother’s, too. They live in the same building but in different apartments. Another issue I have is size. I want to wear the right size kimono, so I usually wear…

Mika’s Influences

Until when I was three years old my family ran a sushi restaurant. In the restaurant, we played the music of the koto (Japanese table harp), and my grandmother was always working there with her kappougi,(kimono apron) on. I was always with my grandmother and we often watched the period drama TV programs together. I…