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HOW THE CLUB WAS BORN:

In August,1999,during the annual Nisei Week parade in downtown Los Angeles,,  Hayahiko Takase , then President of Japanese Chamber Commerce, rode in an open car while clad in traditional formal Japanese men’s wear (montsuki haori hakama) . Akira Tsurukame saw him and thought it might be an excellent idea to spread the spirit of Japanese Culture among people in foreign countries through Kimonos, which express dignity, simplicity and serene beauty. Thus, they decided to form a club "KIMONO O KIYOU KAI ("Club to Encourage the Wearing of Kimono")

On New Year's Day at 1PM (1-1-1), 2000, five gentlemen wearing Kimono gathered in front of the sculpture by a the famous artist , Isamu Noguchi, in JACCC Plaza in Little Tokyo,
So began an annual event of the LA Kimono Club, the 1-1-1 Group Photo Session in Kimono,

On March 15, 2003, approximately 40 men & women who love Kimono met to form a club with the agreed objective of promoting mutual understanding and cultural exchanges between the US and Japan through Kimono. They officially formed the club now called "LA KIMONO CLUB"with club rules and selection of officers

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THE ACTIVITIES OF KIMONO CLUB:

Throughout the year, members of the LA KIMONO CLUB have the opportunity to share the joy of Kimono amidst good company at a host of events, including

  • New Year's Day group photo in Kimono.
  • Kimono Fashion Shows in Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo, and other occasions.
  • Annual New Year meeting with Traditional Japanese cultural programs, such as Koto and Shamisen
  • We started The First"Miss Kimono L.A." contest 2010 in Little Tokyo to encourage kimono culture to younger generation. And "Miss Kimono L.A." start attending cultural events as guests.
  • Music, Japanese dance, the screening of films on Kimono, Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstration,
  • lectures on Japanese culture, and so forth.
  • Cherry blossom and/or Plum blossom viewing parties. .
  • Participation in the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Little Tokyo and Monterey Park by joining in the Parade or Fashion Show.
  • Santa Anita Japanese Cultural Festival , which includes viewing the Tokyo City Cup horse race.
  • Annual holiday celebration of Tanabata Star Festival (July 7),and Otsukimi Moon Viewing (October 15)
  • KIMONO de_______ series ( Various events which members of the Club attend while wearing KIMONO, including:
    KIMONO de PHOTOGRAPH SESSIONS (in parks, Arboretums, museum---)
    KIMONO de RESTAURANTS (such as newly opened or famous Japanese restaurants)
    KIMONO de KABUKI/NOH/BUNRAKU(traditional Japanese theater arts.)
    KIMONO de _______(attending Concerts, Banquets, Receptions, etc.)

How to become a member?

2010 Miss Kimono LA
2011 Miss Kimono LA
2012 Miss Kimono LA
Yoshie Okada & Amie Toyoshima
Alpha Takahashi & Megumi Yuhara
Alpha Takahashi & Megumi Yuhara

 

2013 Mr & Miss Kimono LA
2014 Mr & Miss Kimono LA
2015 Mr & Miss Kimono LA
Andrew Reeder/Lucia Screiven/Keiko Terashima
Mami Koizumi,Lindsay Seino and Andy Matsuda
Yuuka Suzuki,Kayoko Yoshimura and Fumi Mashimo

 

ANDREW REEDER

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Helpful information in Kimono by our members

History Link: History of the Japanese Kimono

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