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Hello everyone! Thank you very much for visiting my blog!madam noriko pic2
My name is Noriko Matsushita, Japanese woman in my 60’s.

I started this blog to share my knowledge, experience and view of life that I have through my long long experience working as a Japanese KIMONO professional with everyone who loves KIMONOs or those who have tireless passion to understand the mysterious Japanese people, culture and tradition.

Writing a blog to the world had been always my dream but I was hesitating to do that because of my limited language capability.

Thanks to a curious turn of fate, however, I met Ms. Kayo Kubota, who has, not only the command of foreign languages, the same sensitivity and way of thinking as mine.
So, by her help in translation, my dream has come true.

Well, let me talk about myself a little bit more.

I am currently living in Tochigi Prefecture, about an hour from the center of Tokyo by Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train).

Where I live and my KIMONO shop is located is very close to NIKKO which has been a center of Shinto and Buddhist worship for many centuries.
NIKKO is especially famous for Toshogu (the mausoleum and shrines of Tokugawa Shogun) and registered as UNESCO World Heritage since 1999.

madam noriko pic1My job here is to choose the most suitable KIMONO fabrics for my clients, to tailor KIMONOs with those fabrics and arrange all the KIMONO accessories for them to be all set for enjoying KIMONOs.

Because I really want my clients to enjoy their KIMONOs, offering a wide variety of opportunities for them to wear their KIMONOs is also one of my missions and passions.

For example, I take them to formal dinner in prestigious restaurants or hotels, plan SANPAI (official visit to shrines or temples) or provide Japanese traditional manner class or experiences like tea ceremony session, Japanese flower arrangement session, etc…

So, I assure you that in this blog you will get not only lots of KIMONO knowledge but also plenty of Japanese traditional experiences and eventually very profound insights for Japanese sensitivity and hidden spirituality.


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