Experience Kimono at Queens Library

My Japanese teacher, Emi Kikuchi, is also a certified master kimono dresser and teacher who runs Kimono Experience, a kimono dressing and photo session company. I’m happy to be working with her on her latest project, a kimono show and demonstration at Queens Library in Flushing.

Japanese Kimono Fashion Show – Occasion and Style takes place on Monday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m., and I’ll be serving as the emcee. The audience will learn about different styles of kimono based on the Japanese ceremonies where kimono are typically worn. Whether it’s the first visit to a shrine or temple on New Year’s Day, or a summer festival, or a wedding ceremony, Kikuchi Sensei will show how the seasons influence the patterns and designs of a particular kimono, and you’ll learn the difference between formal and casual kimono, yukata, hakama, and haori.

There will also be an obi (sash) tying demonstration and an appearance by special guest Kansuke of the New York Noh-Kyogen Workshop.

It promises to be a beautiful and informative event. Hope to see you there!

Japanese Kimono Fashion Show – Occasion and Style

Monday, January 14 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Queens Library: 41-17 Main Street, Flushing
Admission: Free

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few pictures from one of our rehearsals.

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Emi Kikuchi (in sweater) dresses a model

Emi Kikuchi (in sweater) dresses a model

Zori (sandals), yukata (light-weight kimono), and obi (sashes)

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Kimono show models learn the proper walking technique

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Kimono stylist Yoko Yamashita (far left) instructs the models

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Elaborate obi (sash) tied to look like a flower