Kimono artist Hitomi Ito vol.1

Listen to the voice of your heart
A comfortable way of life that has been scraped off

Kimono, the origin of Japanese aesthetics.

The kimono culture that has been with Japanese people since ancient times has a strong impression as sunny clothes, and many people may feel that they are noble.

Hitomi Ito, a kimono artist who naturally wears kimono as everyday clothes in such modern Japan.

The serialization by Mr. Ito that life changed greatly by kimono 1 The bullet is a comfortable way of life, where you meet a kimono and face yourself.

Encounter with kimono that stimulated the five senses

Kimono as everyday wear 365 Mr. Ito who is going to have a day. Its appearance is exactly the modern Yamato nadeshiko, wearing a kimono without stretching her shoulders and wearing an elegant atmosphere.

Despite being born and raised in Kenninji Temple, Kenninji Temple in Kyoto Gion 20 Until the first half of his generation, he had a strong admiration for Western things as a reaction.

At that time, Mr. Ito worked at an antique shop dealing in European accessories, and while dressed in fashionable clothes, he recalled, "It was a time when I was vaguely looking for something that only I could do."

Meanwhile, I was fascinated by the sight I saw at my grandfather's memorial service held at my parents' house, Ryosokuin.

In the Buddhist memorial service of the temple, the Buddhist chant is chanted by a monk wearing a colorful kasaya, the sound of a mokugyo sounds, the smell of incense drifts, and the beautiful works are fascinating, and at that moment all five senses are stimulated. The electricity ran.

I felt like I had found what I was looking for all the time, "How beautiful it is" and "Why didn't I notice that I was near this place?"

When he was young, the environment in which he grew up was commonplace, and he didn't notice much about the beauty of Japanese culture around him. It is said that he realized it.

He was impressed by the beauty and pattern of the colors of his grandmother's kimono, which was in the chest of drawers, and began to learn how to dress, saying, "I want to be able to wear this myself."

At first, I didn't have my own kimono, so I wore my grandmother's kimono, but my mother and relatives were very pleased with it. Is there any other outfit that will make you happy just by wearing it? I thought.

My mother told me about her grandmother at that time, "Grandma was a smart person who wears kimono lightly just by going to a department store." I wondered if I could do a job that would dig up each story in the above, and I wanted to study more about kimono.

Every time I touched a kimono, I felt the feelings contained in it and the story that was passed down from generation to generation, and I was fascinated by the unique value of kimono that transcended its role as clothing.

"I don't need clothes" The biggest decluttering in my life

About from the encounter with kimono Ten Yearly. Mr. Ito learned all the knowledge about kimono such as dressing and behavior, and deepened his understanding of its charm.

30 In the latter half of his generation, he decided to move his activity base to Tokyo in order to further spread the inheritance of kimono culture from Kyoto where he was born and raised.

One day when I was packing for Tokyo, a turning point in my life came.

When I was packing, I saw the clothes and kimonos piled up on top of each other, and when the kimonos were folded together, all the sizes became uniform, and the neat appearance looked extremely beautiful. On the other hand, clothes are different in size and even if they are piled up, they collapse, and the appearance seems to reflect my heart at that time.

In Tokyo, I also wanted to change my life, and when I saw it, I thought, "Oh, I'm here", and it seemed like a bright light was shining on my future, so I need clothes now. I thought it wasn't.

Until then in a week 3 It is said that he wore a kimono on the day, but it was the moment when he decided to wear a kimono as everyday clothes instead of bringing clothes to Tokyo.

A "comfortable way of life" that has been scraped off

And it is said that that decision led to a great deal of mental change after that.

What do you wear, how do you spend it, and what do you want to do?

By narrowing down the choices, making the surroundings only what you really need, and creating a margin, your mind will be organized comfortably.

I live in a kimono. The moment I decided, my feelings became very comfortable and the way to go became clear. By narrowing down the options, it became easier to understand all the time and money needed to do so.

Also, I can now talk face-to-face with people. In the old days, I couldn't even talk to people properly (laughs)

I can't imagine from his dignified appearance, but Mr. Ito smiles and says that he used to be full of complexes.

Nowadays, as a mother of one child, kimono coexists in the life of Mr. Ito, from commuting bicycles, playing in the park with children, and sometimes yoga and mountain climbing.

Nowadays, the choices are becoming more diverse, and I think it's becoming more difficult to find what you really need and what you feel truly comfortable with.

Perhaps because of that, the words decluttering and minimalist have come to be heard frequently these days. I feel that it is the first step in meeting a new self that can only be seen by creating a margin in daily life.

Mr. Ito says that by wearing a kimono, his five senses were sharpened and he was able to understand his own physical and mental condition.

Instead of sticking to the traditional form, I value listening to the voice of my heart and nurturing what I feel comfortable with as my own form. Even if it's not a kimono, I hope you can find your own answer.

Mr. Ito's dressing salon " enso In ", many students who yearn for her way of life gather from all over the country and weave their stories.

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