kimono days

Concept

The kimono is Japan’s national costume. It has been refined over the course of hundreds of years to suit the Japanese people perfectly, evolving to accommodate everything from their customs to their climate. Interestingly enough, not even 100 years has passed since the present-day style we have come to identify as the “kimono” became a staple. What this means is that historically, kimono have always evolved alongside their respective generations. Trends have come and gone, and an increasing number of Japanese are losing awareness of the kimono as a living fashion concept.

Kimonodays was created to showcase the kimono as a fashion item. Of course, Japan’s sophisticated dyeing and weaving techniques, appreciation for the seasonal qualities of the kimono, as well as their cultural value are all elements we can proudly demonstrate to the world. But I want to show more people the styling potential of the kimono that makes it as much of a fun, creative fashion outlet as western clothing. I want to open everyone’s eyes to how adaptable this garment is, with an ability to embrace any Western styling element.

Through this site, I would like to explore the kimono not only as the beautiful traditional Japanese outfit that it is, but its connections to the world of western clothing and its capabilities and possibilities as a brand-new expression of fashion.

Rinko Kimino

About us

Rinko Kimino / Producer, Stylist

Author of books about kimono, folk craft goods, kabuki, etc, and producer and product development planner of kimono and Japanese folk craft goods, Rinko is a successful event producer and planner and editor of books. Her works are geared toward the youth of Japan, and promote Japanese traditions such as kimonos, tenugui towels and the kabuki theater with a modern sensibility. She moved to Los Angeles in 2010, and started to introduce the Japanese culture overseas.

Rinko has published “Hand craft memo for kimono (Hand-Made Kimono Crafts),” “A nosey kimono calendar by Rinko Kimino (Rinko Kimino’s Nosey Kimono Calendar),” and with supervision from renowned kabuki actor Somegoro Ichikawa, “Cute Kabuki costume picture book (A Guide to Cute Kabuki Costumes),” and “Kabuki’s Amazing enjoyment picture book (Super Indulgent Kabuki Guide)” (all from Shogakukan), “Heisei Kimono Picture Book,” “Haikara (hi-fashion) Tenugui Towel Guide,” “Kimono Convenience Guide” (all from Kawade-Shobou Co.), and “Rinko Kimino’s Kimono Dress-up Book” (from Mainichi Communications).

In addition, Rinko has written serial articles in magazines and newspapers, and is currently writing for Yomiuri Newspaper. She has publishing two new books in winter 2011.

Rinko Kimino
Amelia Cantlay / Illustrator, Model

Amelia is a freelance translator based in Los Angeles. She has studied and performed traditional Japanese dance for over 9 years, and is excited to be part of a project that allows her to indulge in her love for kimono and Japanese culture. She also doodles in her free time.

Amelia Cantlay
Satomi Imai / Project Manager, Photographer

Satomi has been working as a project manager in the Japanese IT industry since 1997, such as ASCII, SEGA, and Dwango. Her specialty lies in the field of managing IT projects, including smart phone games and service development.

Since she moved to the U.S. in 2008, she has also been involved in various event projects such as Japan Film Festival Los Angeles and Kimono Girl Retro Pop x American Vintage Fashion Show.

Satomi is currently pursuing further education through the UCLA Extension Project Management Certificate Program, and is a candidate to become a Project Management Professional (PMP).

She is expected to complete her study at UCLA Extension in summer, 2013.

Satomi Imai
Sachiko Miyoshi / Kitsuke (Kimono Dresser)

The official kitsuke artist(kimono dresser) for Kimono days. She obtained her kitsuke license in 1995, and has been professionally dressing for special occasions such as coming of age ceremonies, Shichi-Go-San, and graduations since 2003. She has been assisting Rinko Kimino since 2011. Beautiful, hand-crafted kimonos fill her heart with love for the Japanese culture, and her favorite part about her job is to see the happy, beautiful, confident, and proud looks on the faces of those she dresses. Sachiko’s hobbies include her thrice a year half-marathon runs, weekly weight training, and Zumba. She takes baking classes once a month. She loves exercising just as much as she loves eating.

Sachiko Miyoshi