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An American planning to wear a beautiful kimono at the Coming-of-Age Day ceremony.
  • Serra
    Serra
    usaHer dream is to begin a dressing school in America.
    A 20-year-old beautiful American college student fascinated by kimono.

An American planning to wear a beautiful kimono at the Coming-of-Age Day ceremony.

  • Looking forward to attending the Coming-of-Age Day ceremony in kimono.

    Looking forward to attending the Coming-of-Age Day ceremony in kimono.

    Serra is planning to attend the Coming-of-Age Day ceremony in Takatsuki city, Osaka where she studied when she was a high school student. Because there is no such ceremony in her home country America, she is very much looking forward to it. She has decided to attend the ceremony in kimono and has come to Japan to check out kimono and hair accessories 6 months before the actual event.


    35 of kimono collection.

    35 of kimono collection.

    Serra is fascinated by kimono and bought 35 of them in 6 years with 14 bought only within a year of her stay in Japan. She has a deep respect in kimono and has helped her friends back home wearing them. She has a dream of beginning a dressing school in America in the future.


    She promised to be reunited with the friends at the ceremony.

    She promised to be reunited with the friends at the ceremony.

    Serra first got interested in kimono in America and decided to study in japan to learn more about it. Initially she didn't have any friends but as soon as she joined the tea ceremony club and started dressing kimono she impressed the others and started making friends. She promised to be reunited with the friends at the ceremony.


    Visiting the host family to pick out a kimono.

    Visiting the host family to pick out a kimono.

    Serra arrives in Osaka to pick out a kimono with her host family Sugou-san and visits the rental kimono shop, her another host family Kariyazaki-san, where she stayed for 1 week.


    Deep knowledge in kimono.

    Deep knowledge in kimono.

    As soon as Serra arrives at the shop she starts trying out the kimono. The very first one she's picked is the beautiful blue one made with "soshibori" technique that normally takes a year to make. It can cost over 1 million yen to purchase, and 400,000 yen to 500,000 yen a day to rent. She has deep knowledge in kimono and can explain the techniques very well.


    A kimono that costs over 3 million yen to purchase.

    A kimono that costs over 3 million yen to purchase.

    The second one Serra picks has a subdued color that she likes and a different "shibori" is included from the last one she picked. She explains that it has a gold leaf attached by a brush on it. It costs 1 million yen a day to rent, she has to work hard to make enough money before the ceremony.


    Gifts from her mothers.

    Gifts from her mothers.

    Serra could not make enough money to rent the kimono she picked out before the day of the ceremony, but her mother secretly purchased other beautiful orange color kimono for her. She's received an obi that matches the kimono from her another mother Sugou-san.


    Kimono has changed her life big time.

    Kimono has changed her life big time.

    Serra has been able to be reunited with her friends from the tea ceremony club and enjoy the moment with them. We have felt that kimono has changed her life big time while following her. Thank you for spreading the Japanese culture to the world!!