Kimono Lecture : Arimatsu

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      There was an autumn festival at a place called Arimatsu on 7th. The town of Arimatsu was famous for the look of old store and houses on the street and its Shiboi, or tie-dyed goods, the town was quite new. It was formed in 1608 on the Tokaidao Highway. There were many muggers and tourists couldn’t pass through the area safely because there had been no villages and no people.

     Takeda Shokuro moved and developed the area from Agui and started Shibori, or tie-dying, business. Now the town or Arimatsu is well-known the nostalgic atmosphere and the culture of Shibori and attracts many tourists. 

      AGGN (Aichi Goodwill Guided Network) was held an English lecture on kimono and an English guided tour of the festival at Arimatsu that day and I joined in it. 

     The kimono lecture was held at the house of Takeda Shokuro, the pioneer of the town. It’s one of cultural assets in Nagoya. Ms. Noriko Kato, the teacher of kimono and Japanese culture had the lecture and I learned many things. 

     Kimono is not only a cover to protect your body. Each pattern has special meanings and you can choose each for the occasion. For example, turtle pattern and wave pattern are used for happy event as like weddings. Because turtles are believed to live long, and waves wash the shore repeatedly and people hope to have happy things many times.   

     When a kimono has a spot or a hall, you can embroider on it, and Japanese people regard it’s more wonderful. 

     At last when your kimono becomes worn out and has many spots, you can refashion it a s a gown, an apron, or something. 

     And finally the kimono becomes small pieces of materials, and they can be reborn as small toys or patchwork covers and so on. 

     The kimono Ms. Kato wearing is more than 40 years old. It’s amazing, isn’t it? It doesn’t so old at all!

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