12 Jun

Kimono Workshop for Elementary school

Kimono Experience went to an elementary school in Upper Westside to give two classes in the 3rd grade kimono workshops. (It was the 8th year.) I went with two assistants (including a professional dresser, Chisa Sakurai), carrying 15 children’s Yukata sets and a formal kimono set.

The program for a 40 min. period was the following.
1. Power Point Presentation about Japanese Kimono
2. Kimono dressing demonstration (dressing a teacher in the most formal kimono for unmarried women)
3. Yukata (casual cotton kimono for summer) dressing demonstration for a boy and a girl
4. Students try dressing yukata each other.
Everyone enjoyed experiencing yukata dressing!

27 May

Kyoto Club Kimono Wearing Class

Learn how to wear kimono by yourself and enjoy outing in beautiful seasons! kyoto Club offers you kimono Wearing Class (4 times) taught by Emi Kikuchi at Japan American Association. Register required in advance.
5/27, 6/10, 6/24 and 7/8 Sundays from 1pm to 3pm Japanese American Association of New York 49 W 45th St 11th floor, New York, NY 10036
23 May

“CAIPA Asian Heritage Night 2018” kimono show

Worked in the “CAIPA Asian Heritage Night 2018” event on 5/23/18.
It was gorgeous entertainment including strings music, taiko drum and traditional costume fashion show (Korea, China and Japan). Japanese costumes are, Homon-gi (formal) and Wedding Kimono for bride and groom.
Thanks to the models who mastered runway choreography in a short time, you look great!!

Kimono and dressing: Emi Kikuchi
dressing & assistant: Yukari Mizuuchi
Hair & Makeup: Akiyo Koyama
(All photo credits go to “CAIPA Asian Heritage Night 2018” and abiya7)
Special thanks to Ms. Marika Sorimachi and Ms. Mayuka Inaba for the screen photos.

19 Oct

Obi-Tying Demonstration at Metropolitan Museum of Art

October 19, 2014 (Sun) 4:00pm-4:30pm at The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
At Metropolitan Museum of Art, I presented “Obi-Tying Demonstration”. It was a related event of Japanese exhibition,Kimono: a Modern History. Also it was a part of Sunday at the Met program.

Please come & enjoy an art of Obi-Tying technique!
MET Obi-tying demonstration video (from 34 min.)

Sunday at the Met (Sunday, October 19)
Kimono:a Modern History

Welcome and Introduction
3:00–3:05 p.m.
John T. Carpenter, Curator, Department of Asian Art, MMA

Free Lecture
Kimono and Modernism: Old Is New Again
3:05–3:30 p.m.
Sharon S. Takeda, Senior Curator and Department Head, Costume and Textiles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Free Lecture
Imagination and Creation: The Kimono’s Influence on Fashion
3:30–4:00 p.m.
Akiko Fukai, Director and Chief Curator, The Kyoto Costume Institute

Free Lecture
Obi-Tying Demonstration
4:00–4:30 p.m.
Emi Kikuchi, Kimono Experience

1.Furisode (traditional) -model: Mako Ito
2.Furisode (contemporary) -model: Yuko Nagasue
3.Homongi -model: Akiko Tokuoka
4.Shiromuku (bridal) -model: Azumi Tsutsui

Michiko Sipell (Assistant)
Akiyo Koyama (Hair & Makeup)
Yumiko Sensui (Hair, Makeup & Dressing)
Yukari Mizuuchi (Hair & Dressing)