Welcome to LA Kimono Club
Thank you for stopping by our club pages.
First, let me explain how I started
to wear Kimono myself. When I was young, I had chance to attend
the ceremony of 'Jichinsai 'which is the Shinto ceremony of
purifying a building site. Because I am an architect, one of
my senior officers recommended me to wear the kimono such as
MONTSUKI & HAKAMA to the ceremony . When I moved to U.S.A.
I did not have much chances to wear kimono until the year of
1999 when I had to ride on the convertible car in Nisei Week
parade as the president of Southern California Japanese Chamber
of Commerce. That was a great idea to show "KIMONO"
to so many people as heritage of Japanese culture. Kimono coordinator
and sensei Fumi Akutagawa helped me to put on kimono. In that
event I must have looked very good. Mr.Tsurukame, who is a good
friend of mine also got a set of MONTSUKI & HAKAMA style
kimono just before he saw me on the day, then we discuss the
idea of encouraging more peaple to wear kimono, and to meet
at Little Tokyo, downtown, Los Angeles, at 1pm on January 1st.
2000. That was how we started the original "Kimono o kiyou
Kai"(Encourage to wear Kimono Club). Please come and join
us to be a part of LA KIMONO CLUB member!!