Kuniko’s Kimono Story (Part 4)

STORIES 着物物語 These two mourning kimono were owned by my mother. They both carry the facing pigeon crest of her family. This family crest was given by the Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo to my mother’s ancestors. I can associate with the samurai spirit through this, as it has been passed down the generations. I have many…

Kuniko’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

STORIES 着物物語 This is the furisode is one of the special kimono which I wore for my Coming of Age Day. It is a soushibori fine tie-dyeing, kimono, that really takes a lot of effort to produce. My mother and aunt had discussed the making of it, but my mother just said the colour she…

Kuniko (Tokyo)

Kuniko belongs to the 45-54 age group and was born and brought up in Tokyo. She has experience of living, learning and exchanging culture abroad, and in order to use that experience she works as a cultural coordinator, introducing Japanese culture to non-Japanese who visit or live in Japan. From when she was a child…

Emi’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

STORIES 着物物語 This homongi is important to me because I wear it for all my children’s events. It reminds me that I am a mother. It is a pastel color with small designs, so I think I can go on using it. この訪問着は子供のイベントや大切な式などに着ています。母としての自分を再認識する着物です。淡い色で柄が小さいいのでまだまだ先まで着られると思います。

Emi’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

STORIES 着物物語 I really love this oshima tsumugi. It is an interesting pattern for oshima tsumugi and I love the design. この大島紬の模様が大好きです。大胆な模様ですけど大好きです。  

Emi’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

STORIES 着物物語 The komon that I am wearing is important to me because I can’t forget how I felt in the shop when I put it on. I found a new me when I put it on. It was a wonderful feeling. It was my first kimono purchase and so it is where my kimono…

Sunaho’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

STORIES 着物物語 These two kimono belonged to my grandmother. One is an indigo dyed yukata and the other is a yuki tsumugi. Unfortunately, I have never seen my grandmother wearing them. I knew that my grandmother had many kimono, but by the time I became aware of things, she was no longer wearing kimono for…

Sunaho (Tokyo / Kanazawa)

Sunaho belongs to the 35-44 age group. She is single and works as a bodywork therapist. Her family has houses in Tokyo and Kanazawa, so she divides her time between both places. Her first encounter with kimono was when she bought an antique one, three years ago. She had two private lessons and now continues…

Harumi (Tokyo)

Harumi is in the 45-54 year old group, and is married with three cats. She is working in display at a department store. She has about a 50 year kimono history. She wears kimono very often except when working. She does not care about the size of the kimono she wears, she wears them like…

Yoko’s Kimono Story (Part Four)

STORIES 着物物語 This fourth kimono I bought at the local dyeing workshop that has been dyeing kimono for generations. They dye yuzen, sarasa, and other stencil dyeing there. After I quit my job, I started to produce a local paper, and I walked around my neighborhood interviewing people. I got to meet and talk to…

Yoko’s Kimono Story (Part Three)

STORIES 着物物語 The third kimono was given to me by my grandmother, but it was originally my aunt’s kimono. My aunt passed away when she was very young and so my grandmother kept it for her, to give to me. It was actually given to me when my father passed away, and I was in…