Shigeko Ikeda Kimono Collection

I went to  the Shigeko Ikeda kimono collection exhibition in Ginza today.

Shigeko Ikeda is the most famous kimono collector in Japan, and her collection contains about 10,000 of kimono and others. Today, I saw 60 of kimono coordinates.

Her collection is just amazing!! Most of kimono are produced in the Taisho&Showa era, which is almost 80-100 years ago, however, they’re best-preserved.

Each coordinating has its title and small explanation about kimono. I just got excited at seeing her collection, and learned more than I had expected about how to coordinate and even small things!

I could see her there and really enjoyed the exhibition.

Tomorrow is the last day. Whether you wear kimono or not, you may enjoy it. Why don’t you visit there?

Kakizome – the first calligraphy writing-

美<bi> means “beautiful” or  “lovely”.

Live beautifully!


May the New Year bring many good things to you!



*Kakizome is the first calligraphy writing of the New Year.

Happy New Year from Japan!

Everyone, Happy New Year 2011!

This is my new year’s selection of kimono, Homon-gi.

This is “otoso” which is sweet sake flaveored with herbs.

The youngest takes the largest sake cup. It’s believed

that to have the power to promote good health for the year.

New Year’s breakfast.

We went hatsumode, the first visit paid on the new year

holidays to a shrine or temple. We prayed for happiness for the year!