10/2/09

World-Class Kimono Expert Amazed Tokyo

Finally I could meet Berber Misuchi from Netherland. A queen of kimono kitsuke blog. She was amazing. What else I can say!? She was invited by Cultural Exchange Institute and made a speech. She talked about her history and challenge collecting kimonos and its information. I have never seen a person studying how to wear kimono only from a book. Other Japanese attendees neither. Her kitsuke, coordination and kimono manner were perfect. We (most of them were guide-interpreter) were just amazed and deeply impressed to hear how kimonos were loved by her.

A kimono magazine’s editor who attended the meeting said Berber was a real yamato nadeshiko from The Netherlands, (Yamato nadeshiko is "woman who displays the feminine virtues of old Japan" by Jim Breen), because Berber wore kimono so nicely. She also said "Berber reminded us the beauty of kimono and depth of kimono clothes." I totally agree!
(After the speech, she was like a star!)

I had known her as Misuchi on kimono blog who posed like a kimono model. Real Misuchi Berber was so charming and her body movements in kimono were really graceful. Thank you Berber, it was great honor for me to arrange such an exciting intercultural session!

At Ikeda antique kimono store. We went Roppongi, Shibuya and Meguro in kimono.

5 comments:

Kyuukaryuko said...

I was looking forward to reading this post, checking your blog frequently, and it looked like you had fun! Doesn't Berber look just perfect in kimono, I envy her, and not only for the kimono she owns ^_^
Sounds like it was very informative!

shino said...

Dear Kyuukaryuko,
Sorry for kept you waiting. Yes it was a great fun for me. And I also enjoyed writing this post.

molla said...

Yamato nadeshiko-great and excellent words for such a woman!

miffy chan said...

Hi, where is the Ikeda antique kimono store in Tokyo? Which station and where is it located?

shino said...

Hi Miffy, Ikeda-ya is between Meguro station and Tokyo Garden Museum. Thanks!