Dear Ichiroya Newsletter Readers,
Hi, this is Azusa writing. This is my first newsletter. I started working for Ichiroya
three months ago. The reason why I started this work is that I like kimonos, which is colorful and gorgeous. I usually wear jeans and T-shirts, but I've wanted to dress up in kimono in special events for many years. Therefore, I would like to write about myself and kimonos today.
I worn a kimono for the first time at Shichi-Go-San, a festival day for children of three, five and seven years of age. That is to celebrate the healthy growth of children. In the event, the children visit a shrine in a kimono. I was also dressed up in a red kimono but I didn't remember that day very much except for a very long stick candy called Chitose-Ame, which I had in my hand while walking a long distance.
I didn't have a chance to wear kimono after that until I enter an university. I joined a traditional Japanese music club and I started playing Japanese harp.
One day, we had a concert on campus, and I wore a kimono and hakama for that. The kimono was plain and a very simple design, but I was very glad to wear it. I did well at the concert, but I happened to have a Japanese literature class on the same day, and had to give a speech about the Tale of Genji, the classical literature written in the 11th century. I was very busy and didn't have time to change my clothes, so I had to give the speech in kimono. I'm sure that I looked way, way too enthusiastic about the speech in traditional costume.
The third time I wore a kimono is at Coming-of-Age Ceremony, which is to congratulate people who become 20. I wore my mother's Furisode kimono that has purple pattern on a white base, and attended the Ceremony. I was very delighted to wear it because the color of the Furisode is the same as the one that Lady Akashi wore in the Tale of Genji, and the color was said to be elegant. I said that I wanted to do my hair in Japanese style, that wasn't realized in the end though.
I hope you enjoy wearing gorgeous kimonos!