Mika – Influences

INFLUENCES 影響 I was not influenced by my mother really, because she was not alive when I began to wear kimono, so a greater influence on me was my aunt. I also used to look at the magazine, Utsukushii Kimono. Then I met the Nishiwakis, the couple who run Kimono Biyori, an organization that puts…

Naomi – Influences

INFLUENCES影響 I had two encounters with two kimono shops. In my 20’s I started to wear kimono, I didn’t know much about kimono and went to a kimono chain store that was in my neighborhood. The staff member of the shop was so kind and had great knowledge so I learned a lot about kimono…

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…

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…