I loved sewing and making things with my hands since I was little.
When I was in junior high, my parents gave me a sewing machine as a gift.
(I don't remember if it was a birthday gift or a Christmas gift...)
Since, then, I enjoyed so much sewing small things and clothing, etc.
When I was a high school student, I was longing for the time
when I can fly to the world outside my small town - even outside Japan.
Then, I moved to the US to study as soon as finishing high-school.
But, after spending some time in the US,
I was able to see the good things about my own country and culture,
which I could not see before I left Japan.
So, I decided to come back after 4 years of staying in the US.
I was more interested in the traditional Japanese culture than before.
Especially the vintage Kimono drew me into the world of textiles from old times.
Their designs are strikingly beautiful and unique,
yet the colors were often subtle representing the colors of nature.
They were full of inspirations to me.
I started collecting them and making handbags with them.
It was only a hobby at that time, but I enjoyed it so much.
I recall it was about 26 years ago.
I fell in love with the art of traditional Kimono.
- to be continued-