Writer: Melissa Le Roux

I am a Canadian transplanted from the big city of Vancouver to the small community of Tokushima on the island of Shikoku.  I have lived here for seven years and during that time I have been exploring the art of kimono and kitsuke (the art of wearing kimono).  I have formally studied it for the past four years and I received my teacher’s certificate a year and a half ago.  I am currently blogging about kimono, teaching kimono classes, and studying for the master’s level in kitsuke.  I also do some kimono sewing on the side.  The ultimate goal is to learn as much as I can about kimono and the techniques used to produce them and to share it with the world.



Semi-Formal Kimono – The Forgotten Middle Child

Semi-formal kimono are the forgotten middle child of the kimono family. They’re like your business suit or little black dress. They’re a necessary part of every wardrobe for the few times you wear it, but they’re not as glamorous as the formal garments you may own. There also aren’t as many opportunities to wear them as your very casual clothes. Semi-formal kimono bridge the gap and they can be easy to overlook.

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