Thursday, June 29, 2006

Wearing Tradition - Kimono

Experience Japanese culture and tradition at the West Vancouver Museum!

Mineko Tanaka, who operates a Meiji period kimono storehouse and national historic site in Kyoto, Japan, is coming to the West Vancouver Museum on Saturday July 15, 2006. For the first time in North America, Ms. Tanaka will demonstrate the wearing of a kimono and introduce the wisdom of her ancestors through traditional Japanese customs.

The storehouse, a designated cultural treasure of Japan built in 1885, is called Tondaya. It is a classic example of a Meiji period (1868-1912) storehouse, with a retail shop in front and living quarters in the rear. Today, Mineko Tanaka runs Tondaya as a living museum and kimono store. She offers kimino wearing lessons and formal tea ceremonies and teaches the refined manners that have been handed down in her family from generation to generation for over 120 years.

This special summer event will include a presentation by Ms. Tanaka about preserving traditions and a display of exquisite Nishijin kimono, a style that is considered to be one of the finest. Ms. Tanaka will reveal the secrets to wearing a kinomo properly and beautifully.

After the kimono demonstration, Ms. Tanaka, along with experienced Enshuryu tea practitioner and West Vancouver resident Sachi Rummel, will host a garden tea ceremony. While serving a cup of matcha tea, they will explain the philosophy of this Japanese tradition.

Come enjoy this special event and attain spiritual enrichment and peaceful harmony.

Please register in advance. Tickets are $30 for an adult and $27 for a student or a senior. For more information or to register, please contact Kiriko Watanabe at or by phone at 604.925.7179.

Thank you to our sponsors!


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