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Celebration once in a life

In Japan, we have several traditional rites of passage called “TSŪKA GIREI” (通過儀礼). Each celebration is made once a life, such as to pray for sound growth of a child, to admit his/her entrance into adulthood, to drive away bad luck at a turning point of his/her life, to vow eternal love and make a …

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Summer KIMONO made in snow-country (ECHIGO-JŌFU and OJIYA-CHIJIM

NIIGATA prefecture also called ECHIGO is located in the middle of the archipelago on the Japan Sea side having heavy snow during winter season. Weaving is very popular there so that the prefecture has 2nd largest population in that industry next to KYOTO. Well known KIMONOs such as ECHIGO-JŌFU (越後上布), OJIYA-CHIJIMI (小千谷縮), SHIOZAWA-TSUMUGI (塩沢紬) and …

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KOKUJI-TEN (Exhibition for Carving Characters) 

On a fine autumn day around the end of September, I visited at an exhibition for carving characters (KOKUJI-TEN 刻字展) with my clients. Carving works of calligraphy in wood changes it into 3 dimensional art works. In Japan, it is often used as a door plate or signboard.   We also had a lunch at …

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KIMONO worn by Tokyo Governor YURIKO KOIKE

During the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics held in August, Japanese team won the most medals it ever could. The medals were mainly won in the events of our country’s specialty: judo, gymnastics, wrestling, badminton and swimming. As Rio is very far from Japan being located almost at the opposite side of the planet, I …

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Thoughts about KIMONO in modern age (Part 2)

KIMONO is ultimately eco-friendly  “KIMONO is expensive but ultimately eco-friendly”, this is what I am convinced by working long time in the field of KIMONO. As mentioned in the previous column (Thoughts about KIMONO in modern age (Part 1)), though a KIMONO looked not affordable to you at first, once you decided to spend for …

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