I was brought up in a very ordinary family, but I grew up in an environment where I had a lot of opportunities to touch kimonos from an early age.
My mother was influenced by my aunt on my mother's side of the family and she loved kimonos. I often saw her in kimono when I came home from school.
My mother gave me a long-sleeved kimono called a "furisode" at the coming-of-age ceremony. When I got married, she had the kimono she had received from my aunt renovated, and gave it to me as a bride's household article.
After my two sons were born, I wore the kimono that I had received from my aunt for "Omiya-mairi" (shrine visit), "Hatsu-sekku" (baby’s first festival), "Shichigosan" (a festival for children who are 3, 5, and 7 years-old) and weddings for my relatives.
My aunt, who loved kimonos, passed away and the remaining kimonos were taken over by my mother, who is in her mid-70s.
I took over my aunt's kimono to put my mother's affairs in order and it remains unused in my house.
Even if I received a kimono, it is not as easy to wear as western clothes, and I feel it is too good for me.
This experience inspired me to think, "I want my family members who have inherited a kimono to enjoy it more casually without any burden." and I started a kimono remake business.