3/26/2011

Kimono lecture and workshop at US University

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On February 15th, I did a kimono workshop at William Paterson Univ. This workshop was offered by Consulate-General of Japan in New York.

First 30 minutes, I made a speech.
The details are ;
• What is Kimono?
• History of Kimono
• Kimono and Japanese Culture
• Kitsuke, Kimono Dressing
• Introduction of My Work

To my surprise, students were particularly interested in my work in the United States. I got a many questions about details of my work and my background. There was a student who is studying Japanese fashion, so I would be happy if my work will be somewhat helpful for her.

After my speech, there was one hour active learning program. Students tried to dress kimono!

Most of them were for the first time to touch kimono. It is difficult to “impart the technique” of how to wear kimono.

When I learned traditional Japanese dress making in Japan, my teacher did not say a word when I was doing wrong thing. She just waited and watched what I was doing. To reduce the time, it was better for her to help me. And when I opened kimono dressing class and started to teach my students, I reminded the teacher. I sometimes feel to help students. But when I resist temptation to help them, they started to think by themselves.
I heard about the Japanese volunteers who are making well in the developing country at Tokyo Univ. The speaker said, “When we just show developing people how to make a well, they are just watching. But when we make a well with them, they started to think by themselves and interested in “the meaning of what they are doing”. And to repeat this procedure, they began to make a well by themselves. And this prompts their independent”.

When I taught how to dress kimono to the students at the University, first I did not help them. Just watch. But since the students could not wear the kimono, some of the students who were watching them said “I will help you!” and started to help them dress kimono. I think touching kimono is more important than dressing kimono completely. And think by themselves, memorize sensations in their hands and increase their sensibility.

You may see their work from the picture below. They achieved some significant job!










I taught the students, but for me, I learned a lot from the students. After the workshop some of the students asked me a lot of questions and help us clean up the kimono. I want to meet them in the future. 

This is a group shot with the students.