Sansui kai (third-Wednesday-meeting):
Kimono is a traditional attire in Japan. Kimono is worn by both men and women. The history of the Kimono, which literally means ‘the thing one wears’, stretches back to the elaborate formal wear of Japan’s Heian court, over 1000 years ago. There are many details when it comes to an art of wearing a kimono: a choice of fabric, a pattern, season, and an occasion it is for – everything counts. The modern Kimono is usually worn by women, but the unisex varient, the summer cotton yukata, is popular with men, too.Kimono is tied with an Obi ( a silk, cotton or linen cloth) around the waist. Join this incredible talk about Japanese kimono and female role in a modern society and dive into intimate traditions of this mysterious culture.
SPEAKER – AKEMI TANAKA
Akemi Tanaka is a writer, lecturer and consultant on Japanese culture based in London. As the daughter of an old samurai family, Akemi grew up immersed in the traditional arts and culture of Japan. In addition to her university education, Akemi attended the Tchiyoda Gakuin Finishing School, where she formally studied Occidental and Oriental etiquette. Since coming to the UK, Akemi has organised many Japanese cultural events in London: she has dressed Kelly Osbourne in a kimono for a magazine photo shoot, performed a tea ceremony for the Lord Mayor of London and assisted a prince of the Japanese imperial family with a speech to an international gathering of martial artists. Akemi is the author of the forthcoming ‘The Power of Chowa’, a book which explores the Japanese concept of chowa, often translated as ‘harmony’, but more accurately means ‘the search for balance’. She has appeared on the BBC and Channel 4 and also featured in The Guardian and The Telegraph. In her presenting and consulting, Akemi aims to promote awareness and appreciation of authentic Japanese culture in an accessible and enjoyable manner. Akemi is active in the worlds of business, diplomacy, education and the arts where she strives to combine traditional beliefs, such as Bushido, with the best of modern technology and ideas.