Nodoka’s Story 3

I’m really into meisen and I have two that I really love. I like the colours and patterns on this art deco piece. The black with pink, yellow and turquoise shapes is pretty unique. I like it so much that I sent it to be washed and resewn, so its special for me. I also…

Nodoka’s Story 2

One day I saw a picture of a kabuki actor wearing this black and white check kimono design, and I suggested that it would be cool to my mother. She made two matching ones, so we both have them. We went shopping for the cloth together, and we chose the nearest thing. ある日、歌舞伎俳優さんが黒白の格子の着物を着ている写真を目にしました。母と素敵だね、と話しました。母と二人で布を探しに行って、その着物と近い柄の布を買いました。母が2枚とも縫ってくれました。親子で着られます。

Nodoka’s Story 1

Soon after I started wearing kimono I decided that I wanted a wool tartan check, and my mother made this one for me. I had some coats in tartan check, but they were fairly dull and I wanted something brighter. However, if I had it made completely in red, it would be too much, so…

Nodoka’s Problems

I don’t have enough storage space and I worry about it, as I keep on getting more kimono. I don’t have a kimono chest, so I keep my kimono in plastic storage cases, but I do worry about mould, especially as I am on the first floor. I haven’t had any disasters yet, but it’s…

Nodoka’s Influences

My mother is a big influence on me. She taught me to dress and it is through kimono that we have lots to share together. I love antiques, art and British fashion. I am really into art nouveau and deco, and also checks and tartans. As my mother can sew well, she has recently made…

Nodoka (Tokyo)

Nodoka was born and raised in Tokyo. She is in the 35 to 44 year age group. She studied graphic design at university and she was always interested in the 1920s and 30s art nouveau and art deco eras. One day she saw a picture of someone wearing an antique meisen kimono in a magazine,…

Yukiko’s Story 3

I got this kimono from my mother. She said that she loved this kimono the most in all her collection. Me too. When she was still fine, we often looked at it, touched it and admired it together. When I wear this, my father seems happy. He may have happy memories of this kimono because…

Yukiko’s Story 2

I sewed this yukata by myself two years ago. I learned wasai (kimono making) twice. The first time was just after I graduated university. At that time, I thought I was not good at wasai and I avoided it since. Later I restarted wasai in my early 30’s. When I finished this yukata, I was…

Yukiko’s Story 1

When I was 28 years old, my mother bought this homongi for me when we went out to watch a play together. At that point in time, I did not have a homongi. She found this at a kimono shop first and then recommended it to me. I was so happy because I liked the…

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。

Yukiko’s Influences 影響

I have loved to watch the costume drama on TV since I was a child. I was always interested in the kimono costumes in them. I remember well the photograph of my aunt in a beautiful kimono costume of traditional Japanese dance at my grandfather’s place. Now I am influenced by the geisha who I…

Yukiko (Saitama)

YUKIKO’S PROFILE プロフィール Yukiko belongs 35-44 year old age group, and was born and grew up in Tokyo and she lives in Saitama now. Her grandmother was a hairdresser, so she dressed in kimono and made up her hair for Yukiko for the 7,5,3 celebration when she was 7 years old. She was happy but…