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Kimono Burlesque in London – presented by Takayo

behind the stage kimono burlesque

January 17th 2016
On a cold Sunday night in London, there were people who were enjoying a hot stage show. A hot kimono burlesque show!

beti kimono burlesque

TAKAYO, name of the company and director, presented a kimono burlesque during a corporate event for a ramen shop in London. Nobody in the UK had ever seen such a unique performance that incorporated Japanese kimono culture into a burlesque musical artwork. Dressed up in a beautiful orange kimono, Beti, the best international burlesque performer in 2015, suddenly showed up in the middle of the event. Some movements were associated with making ramen. At the same time, she was slowly undressing herself. Seductive but humble, by perfectly demonstrating two different types of concepts, Beti was catching attention from every single person in the venue.

kimono burlesque beti preparation

“I was nervous about audience reaction but I knew everybody would love this unusual combination. I hope more people will have interest in Kimono and Japanese culture” said Takayo said, after the show. She also added that there’s a special feeling you can get only when you wear Kimono. Anybody can feel / become feminine and elegant once you wear Kimono.<


“I really want everyone to experience this Kimono magic.”

kimono burlesque making ramen

Takayo, the kimono-party queen of London

Takayo is a real kimono ambassador in London. She hosts corporate events like the kimono burlesque, but she also organizes kimono parties for children and so called kimono “hen parties“, get-together parties for soon-to-be-brides and her friends. At hen-parties, up to 32 people can try and experience kitsuke culture, wear a kimono and put on special hair accessories. In addition, everyone gets a Japanese name for the event and learns to write their name with Japanese calligraphy. The hen parties and other events are really worth a look if you are living in or traveling to London. If you prefer to do your kitsuke alone, you can rent full sets from her for a really reasonable price.

kimono burlesque preparation

You can find her website at Takayo.co.uk. It’s especially worth a look because of the blog and her reports of all the events that she hosts – including pictures!




By the way, Takayo is searching for help:

DO YOU WANT TO BE A KIMONO PARTY AGENT?

We are always on the look out for creative and passionate people to work with. If you like to interact with people and be able to speak both Japanese and English, then please get in touch.

info@takayo.co.uk

07862 874 583

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Bearded Men in Silky Kimonos Calendar 2016

Now, a word of warning. If you are expecting perfect kitsuke, please do not keep reading. You will not find it here. What you will find: Bearded men. Silky kimonos. A calendar. All in one thing combined:
The “Bearded Men in Silky Kimonos Calendar”.

A black bearded man in kimono

It seems so obvious to combine these two things, once you say it out loud. Not really when you see it, but hey, can’t have everything.

Bearded man in silken kimono

The idea to create this amazing calendar came Kate Cooper-Owen when she saw her friend’s boy friend walking into the kitchen with a silky kimono…and a full beard. Now, again, these are not “kimono” in the strictest sense. More like very light yukata, if anything. But who wants to get tangled up in technicalities, when you have bearded men wearing these…gowns.

Bearded man in purple kimono

The photos were shot by the professional photographer Woland, who did an absolutely stunning job, considering the content.

Bearded man in yellow kimono in coffeeshop

And honestly, why should a kimono or yukata only be something for women? Or unbearded people in general? I demand, if beards aren’t exclusive to men anymore, then kimono and yukata shouldn’t be an issue for heavily bearded men! Just look at them, aren’t they glorious?

Bearded man in kimono with radio

It being a pin-up calendar, you can see some bits of cheeky nudity here and there. Nothing too wild, but it definitely reminds the viewer of the calendars of old.

Blue kimono and bearded man

I know what you’re thinking now: “Where can I get this calendar?!?!” – probably among many other questions.

You can only directly get it from the Kalendah Beards in Kimono guys, from their Website BeardsInKimonos.com (of course).

I hope you enjoyed these pics as much as we did and now consider ordering one of these extraordinary calendars.

You can also find them on Facebook: Bearded Men in Silky Kimonos Facebook Page

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The Kyoto Photo Gallery by Jeremy Hoare and Chizuko Kimura

As we roam the internet for news, pictures and events surrounding the art of kitsuke and the geisha-culture, we sometimes stumble over real gems that we absolutely want to present to our audience. One of these gems is the Kyoto Photo Gallery by Jeremy Hoare and Chizuko Kimura.

The title basically gives it all away: Jeremy is a photographer with a profound love for Kyoto. When we asked him to introduce himself and his work to Kimonogeisha.com he gladly obliged (everything from Jeremy is written in cursive):

I am the English photographer Jeremy Hoare and with my Japanese partner Chizuko Kimura we live mostly in London and sometimes in Kyoto at the Kimura family home close to Shinnyodo Temple.

I first visited Kyoto on my own in 1987 and thought it was wonderful with all the amazing culture around. So it was fate that Chizuko came from there and we have visited many times since together.

Prior to 1991, when I became a fulltime freelance travel and portrait photographer, my career had been as television cameraman and lighting director working on mostly drama and light entertainment UK network and international programmes.

Chizuko came to London to learn Queen’s English in 1991 and we met at a Japan Festival event in Covent Garden. She is a kimono maker and Urasenke tea master and is often making or altering kimonos for clients in the UK. We have also performed tea ceremonies in many different places in the UK for a variety of clients.

I started taking photos from a very early age as my father would hand me his camera and get me to take them. Then he showed me how to process film and make prints in a darkroom; the magic of seeing a print come up slowly from a sheet of white paper is magic that can never be forgotten.

My whole professional life has progressed by creating images of one sort or another with almost all types of camera for audiences ranging from a single person for a personal photograph to billions with international TV programmes. But in many ways this is not so much a passion as an addiction and my photography workshops are entitled ‘Addicted to Light’ because of it. I also give TV Camera & Lighting workshops which Chizuko assists with and I have done these not only in the UK but also in Fiji, Brazil, Australia and the Philippines.

The idea for Kyoto Photo Gallery came to me after photographing the Jidai Matsuri one October a few years ago. I sat with a coffee in stylish Iyemon Café in Sanjo-dori close to Karasuma-dori and it popped into my head. It has taken time to get to where it is today and we continue to make adjustments. The website is being continually improved and we have had two KPG exhibitions so far, the first in London very close to the British Museum and the second in Kyoto close to the Heian Shrine torii gate, both places being iconic landmarks.

In 2015 we will attend Art Fairs in London and have another exhibition in Kyoto; we are planning for another London exhibition in 2016.

 

You can find his work from Kyoto directly at the Kyoto Photo Gallery Website. Other pictures and galleries can be found at Jeremy Hoare Photography. You can even order high quality prints of his pictures in the Kyoto Photo Gallery Print Shop. While not cheap, I can see myself hanging one or two of those on my own walls. You can also follow him on Facebook for fresh photos from Japan for your newsfeed.

‘KYOTO – city of dreams’ Kyoto Exhibition from Jeremy Hoare on Vimeo.

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The Kimono Queen Contest 2015

Much like every country around the world has one of those “Miss”-elections, Japan has their own event for choosing who looks best in a kimono. Although to be fair, the Miss Japan Election does exist here as well and is more geared to looking good in swimwear than traditional clothing.

If you are more interested in seeing well-worn kimono than seeing girls in bikinis, then the “Kimono Queen Contest 2015” might be just for you. It is going to be held in the Asakusa Public Hall (浅草公会堂 / あさくさこうかいどう) on March 22nd.

To participate, you only have to be over 16 years and be a resident of either the Kanto region (including all its prefectures), the Shizuoka prefecture or the Nagano prefecture. Or let’s say, these would have been the requirements, if the application period didn’t end already on January 31st. So we’re a little bit late to tell you about it. Sorry for that.

Each contestant who enters the competition and walks down the “catwalk” in a kimono is graded by the judge in overall presentation, including their kitsuke (how the kimono is worn), their facial expression (smile!), their walking and overall performance.

The contest itself is split in three categories:

  • 振袖の部 (furisode no bu) – the main category for furisode kimono
  • 礼装の部 (reisou no bu) – the “formal dress” category, which includes tsukesage, houmongi and tomesode kimono (irotomesode & kurotomesode)
  • カジュアル・アンティクの部 (casual / antique no bu) – the category for everything that doesn’t fit into the 2 other categories, including antique and casual kimono

In 2014, there were 6657 entries from which 320 were selected to present themselves in front of the judges.

Footage from 2014:

winners of kimono queen contest 2014The kimono queen winner Misato Ozawa (3rd from the right) and the runner-ups of the main furisode category, together with Ayame Goriki (on the right) and Fuuka Koshiba (on the left) and the Oscar promotion winner (2nd from the right)

The winner of the main furisode category is going to be involved in various public appearances, including modelling at kimono shows, modelling for posters and presenting kimono at international ceremonies. The winners of the other categories as well as the runner-ups will also be called to participate in modelling activities.

You can find out more about the event itself on its homepage. Although everything is in Japanese and sadly, you can’t even buy tickets to go there. Invitation only!

But we are lucky enough to know one of the contestants of this year. So keep your eyes open for our first-hand report from the event!

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Love Japan Magazine – Coming Spring 2015

Spring seems to become a good time for people who love to hold their first-hand Japan info resources in their own hands. Emily Faulder has taken it upon her to bring her love to Japan to the next level and actively spread it all around to everyone who wants to read about it with her “Love Japan” magazine. She has been a photographer and big time lover for everything that has to do with Japan for a long time. She already did some photography under the name “Emily Forrest” for the Hyper Japan event which is held twice a year in London, as that’s where she is also based at the moment.
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Kitsuke from Hyper Japan event
Kitsuke picture from the Hyper Japan event, taken by Emily
Calligraphy at the Hyper Japan event in London
Calligraphy at the Hyper Japan event in London
Their vision for the Love Japan magazine is:

Love Japan is a magazine created by fans, for fans.  We have a core team in charge of editing and design, along with a whole host of contributors from the USA, Japan and UK.  We all share a passion for Japanese culture, and our aim is to bring you a beautifully designed online magazine, once every quarter, with the first issue due for release in Spring 2015.

We want to fill the gap in the market for people who love the aesthetics of Independent British magazines, but want to immerse themselves in all things Japanese. It’s a fusion of East meets West.  We’re not only going to be cramming Love Japan full of of fun and interesting Japanese related topics, but we will also be satisfying your need for eye candy.

From travel, food, fashion, and illustration, to interviews, events, music and pop culture, we’ll have it covered.

They actually announced to release their first issue in February 2015, but seems like they had to reschedule to a rough “Spring 2015”. No specific reason was given, although I can imagine that there are many things that could go wrong or just get in between releasing a magazine when you do it the first time.

Like with the Be Part of Kimonogeisha.com program, they also offer you to be part of their magazine with your submissions:

We currently need the following:

  • Illustrators/Artists/Designers who are either Japanese or have a Japanese theme to their work
  • Writers who would like to share an article they’ve written (this can be anything related to Japan, we’re open to all ideas so run it past us)
  • Small businesses who have a Japanese theme, this could for example be a cafe, a restaurant, an online store or a shop, selling Japanese or Japanese inspired clothing, jewellery, food, sweets, merchandise etc.
  • People who have lived/worked/travelled in Japan, or currently live/work/travel in Japan and would like to share their experiences.
  • Photographers who have a Japanese theme to their work for examples, Japanese band, landscape or fashion photography.

You can find more about submitting your content to the magazine here.

Their main page is lovejapanmagazine.com, but in these times, you can of course also find them on Instagram and Twitter.

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Tokyo Kimono High Carat event – 東京キモノはいからっと – Feb. 7th/8th 2015

Get your obi ready for February 2015 if you are living in/around/near Tokyo or if you are planning to visit. Or if you aren’t planning to visit, you have a reason to do it now!

Flyer of the Tokyo Kimono High Carat event

The event “Tokyo Kimono High Carat” seeks to promote kimono and kitsuke around Tokyo a bit more, as this region (surprisingly) doesn’t have masses of kimono markets, where you can buy handmade things and antique kimono. You will be able to buy used and fixed kimonos, accessories of every kind you can think of and even get styled to match your kitsuke style!

The Program in detail:

Antique and recycled kimonos

アンティークキモノ ヒメノルミ Antique Kimono Himenorumi
キモノ屋tento Kimono-ya Tento
キモノ屋 MARO Kimono-ya MARO
よしぎん 仙台・モダン小町 Yoshigin Sendai Modern Komachi

Yoshigin Modern Komachi Sendai
Kimono accessories and miscellaneous accessories

Berry工房  (草履、帯等) Zori & Obi
kimono studio Lantana (和かざり等) Japanese style decorations
マメコロン (半衿ピン、帯留め)  Hairpins & Obidome
the blooming season (がま口バッグ、半幅帯、アクセサリー等)handbags, obi, accessories
馬場装飾 (ヘッドドレス等) headdresses
meli melo! (がま口バッグ、草履、和装小物等)  handbags, zori & accessories – we already reported about their kimono market earlier
糖花製作所 (半幅帯、名古屋帯、その他和装小物等) obi, nagoya obi & accessories
ayaaya’s (着物小物、アクセサリー等)accessories
GABI (帯揚げ等) obi sashes

Workshop

kimono studio Lantana 着物に合わせるヘアスタイルアレンジ – get a hairstyle that matches your kimono!
the blooming season 手縫いで作るミニがま口 – make your own purse for your kimono

As the flyer said, the event is on:

February 7th, Saturday, 1pm to 7pm

February 8th, Sunday, 11am to 6pm

The location is 東京 原宿 さくら (Tokyo Harajuku Sakura), which is around 5 minutes walking distance of JR Harajuku station. Here’s a map:

 

To find out much more about the event itself, you can check out the linked pages of the exhibitors or the original blog post from Sarako. She crafts kimonos and accessories herself and is actively promoting other people’s works as well. You can find lots of her stuff and other kimono pics on her Twitter as well. Sadly, as with so many things about kimono, everything is Japanese only. But that’s why we are here to hand out information about such events to you!

 

If you know about any kimono events in the near future or you want to see your own report or review of an event on kimonogeisha.com, please send an email to bepartof@kimonogeisha.com and let us know!

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Nagoya: “Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan” japonism exhibition

Japonism (from the French Japonisme, first used in 1872) is the influence of Japanese art, fashion and aesthetics on Western culture.

From January 2 to May 10, 2015, you will find an exhibition about Japonism in the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Nagoya. The reason for the confusing name is that it’s a branch museum of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, but located in Nagoya. It was opened in 1999 to help bring the treasures of the MFA’s collection to Japan, particularly those of types rarely exhibited in Japan.

The description of the exhibition from the exhibition website:

Looking East is the first major exhibition from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston(MFA), to survey the rich connections among Japan, Europe, and North America around 1900. The extraordinary influence of Japanese culture on the Western imagination, known as japonisme, profoundly affected leading artistic movements of the era, including Impressionism, Aestheticism, and Art Nouveau.

The exhibition explores this extraordinary moment of cross-cultural exchange by presenting about 150 exhibits including paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts in five sections: Taste for Japan; Woman; City Life; Nature; and Landscape. Each of the sections emphasizes visual connections across national borders, demonstrating the many ways that Western artists encountered Japanese art, either directly or through the example of contemporaries who introduced them to Japanese themes and styles, including asymmetry, decorative patterning, and calligraphic gesture.

Masterpieces by European and American artists will be shown along with precious objects and Ukiyo-e paintings and prints from the Museum’s Japanese collection, which is one of the finest in the world – Claude Monet’s La Japonaise, exhibited for the first time after meticulous conservation; Vincent Van Gogh’s celebrated Lullaby: Madame Augustine Roulin Rocking a Cradle (La Berceuse); and other highlights that rank among the MFA’s most beloved treasures.

 

You can find more information about the exhibition at the exhibition website, although the English information is quite limited, so you better bring a dictionary or Google Translate along.

For more info about the museum, take a look below.

 

Nagoya Boston Museum of Fine Arts

1-1-1 Kanayamacho, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
http://www.nagoya-boston.or.jp/english/index.html

Museum hours

Weekday 10:00am – 7:00pm(Last entrance is 6:30pm)
Sat, Sun and Public Holidays 10:00am – 5:00pm(Last entrance is 4:30pm)
Closed Mondays, Year-end/New year, During exhibition change period
Note:During weeks when a national holiday or substitute holiday falls on a Monday, the Museum will be open Monday and closed on Tuesday instead.

Admission

General Students Children
(middle-school-age and younger)
¥1,300(¥1,100) ¥900(¥700) Free admission
  • Figures in ( ) are for advance tickets or group (more than 20 people) discount rates.
  • Admissions are subject to unannounced changes.
  • For those receiving discounts such as Students, please present your ID/certificates at the ticket counter.
  • The discount admission fee for after 5:00p.m. on weekdays applies only when tickets are purchased at the Museum ticket counter.
  • Discounts cannot be combined with other offers.
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Review of the Sodo Kimono Academy kimono wearing contest November 16th 2014 – preliminary round for Shikoku & Chugoku

November 16th saw the preliminary round for the Shikoku and Chugoku regions of the kimono wearing contests of the Sodo Kimono Academy, which is probably the most famous of the kimono academies.

Sodo was the first kimono academy ever and got founded in 1964 by Yamanaka Norio (山中 典士), who is a self proclaimed scholar of kitsuke (着付け), the art of wearing kimono. He is probably one of the most well known and influental people in the modern world of kimono and has written several books about kimono and wafuku in general. The most important one being The Book of Kimono: The Complete Guide to Style and Wear which is said to be a collection of texts and papers for his kimono lessons.

In addition to teaching you how to wear a kimono correctly and how to tie an obi, they also organize nationwide yearly kimono wearing contests. In these contests, you have to put on your kimono as fast as possible, but also as correctly as possible! In a Sodo contest, you obviously have to follow the rules laid out by the Sodo Kimono Academy, which are considered very strict.

But back to the event that we are reviewing here:

Sodo kimono contest opening ceremonyThe opening ceremony of the event.

The event included contests of varying styles and categories:

One thing to note is that you had to use a specific obi aid, called biyosugata (美容姿), in the Women’s Furisode contest. This obi aid was created by the Sodo Kimono Academy and is mainly used by its students. Also notable is the separation of Japanese and foreigners, which is not always existent at such contest. Due to the separation, foreign men and women had to compete against each other in this contest.

With the exception of the furisode and the tomesode contest, you could wear whatever type of kimono you wanted, as the rules itself for putting them on stayed the same.

Sodo contest women's casual competitionAt the end of the casual women competition, everyone has to turn around to show their obi.

Winner of the Sado contest men categoryThe winner of the men category. He scored an impossible time of just 2 minutes and 19 seconds. I doubt many of you readers can do that. On the other hand, he practices 3 hours a day. Oh well…

team competitionIn the team category everyone has to put on their kimono by themselves and then help each other fix all the wrinkles.

In addition to the contests, there we some kimono and kitsuke demonstrations between the contests and the announcement of the results. For example a synchronized-kitsuke-dance, which means 4 ladies putting on their music at the same time, synchronized, to music. Some things you just have to see for yourself:

If you want to read more about the event itself and see many many more pictures, please check out this post from Ready, Set, Kimono!, a still relatively young kimono blog of a young lady, living on Shikoku, who has been studying the art of kimono for two years now. I highly encourage you to take a look, as she is the source for these wonderful pictures.

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Hata Toki kimono fashion show – Hata Tokio’s legacy

Hata Toki is the niece of the famous Yuzen designer Hata Tokio (羽田登喜男), who was considered a living national treasure in Japan. Used Hata Tokio kimono are still being sold for several thousand dollars each, which says something about how badly people want them and about the quality of their designs and patterns. Really good example can be found here, which you can buy for the small amount of $72.000!!! And this might already be a discounted price, so don’t waste your chance. Just take a look at the wonderful details and you will understand why this is something special:

Hata Tokyo kimono 1

Hata Tokyo kimono 2

Hata Tokyo kimono 3

 

Luckily Hata Tokio’s niece picked up the family tradition and is designing her own kimonos. Probably selling them for a bit more affordable price. While you can’t compare them to the masterworks of Hata Tokio, you can clearly see that Hata Toki has talent.

Hata Toki Fashion Show 1

Hata Toki Fashion Show 11

Hata Toki Fashion Show 12

Hata Toki Fashion Show 10

Hata Toki Fashion Show 9

Hata Toki Fashion Show 8

Hata Toki Fashion Show 7

Hata Toki Fashion Show 6

Hata Toki Fashion Show 5

Hata Toki Fashion Show 4

Hata Toki Fashion Show 3

Hata Toki Fashion Show 2

For more information, check out the official website of the Hata family. There you can find out about Hata Tokio’s eldest son, who also became a designer of kimono and is definitely close to achieving the same quality that made his father once famous.

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Kimono exhibition “Kimono: A Modern History” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Antique Uchikake Kimono

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is currently showing a kimono exhibition called “Kimono: A Modern History”, which started September 27 and is going to end January 15 in 2015.

 

The Arts of Japan Galleries have been transformed into a dazzling fashion show of kimono from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Translated literally as “thing to wear,” the kimono has gone through major transformations throughout history: in the Edo period (1615–1868) it was an everyday garment, and now it is worn mainly on special occasions and collected as “traditional Japanese art.” Its design, function, and meaning have shifted dramatically in the last one hundred and fifty years, shaped by the dialogue of Japanese traditions, modern inventions, and Western ideas. Featuring more than fifty spectacular robes, this exhibition tells a story about the Japanese garment whose designs mirror trends in pictorial and decorative arts of every era. Both sumptuous garments custom-made for wealthy patrons and everyday wear available for sale to the general public are represented. Highlights also include three examples of contemporary kimono created by designers designated by the Japanese government as Living National Treasures.

Some twenty-five robes on loan from private and public collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the John C. Weber Collection, Julia Meech Collection, and others complement examples from the Metropolitan’s Asian Art and Costume Institute collections; they are exhibited together with paintings, prints, and illustrated books, as well as lacquerware and ceramics, that share common design patterns with kimono. These T-shaped robes, decorated with a seemingly infinite variety of designs, not only reflect fashion trends but reveal much about Japanese culture, history, and society if we unlock the circumstances of their manufacture, sale, and ownership.

The page of the exhibition can be found here.

Some examples of what is displayed:

Antique Uchikake Kimono
Over Robe (Uchikake) with Long-Tailed Birds in a Landscape, second half of the 18th century. Japan, Edo period (1615–1868). Silk and metallic-thread embroidery and paste-resist dyeing on silk satin damask. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Charles Zadok, 1959 (59.46)

 

Fireman kimono
Fireman’s Jacket with the Wizard Jiraiya Turning into a Giant Toad, early 20th century. Japan, Meiji period (1868–1912). Quilted cotton with paste relief. Lent by John C. Weber Collection

 

Unlined Summer Kimono (Hito-e) with Plovers in Flight over Stylized Waves. Japan, Taishō period (1912–26). Embroidered and dye-patterned silk gauze (ro). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Atsuko Irie, in honor of Suga Irie, 1998 (1998.487.5)
Unlined Summer Kimono (Hito-e) with Plovers in Flight over Stylized Waves. Japan, Taishō period (1912–26). Embroidered and dye-patterned silk gauze (ro). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Atsuko Irie, in honor of Suga Irie, 1998 (1998.487.5)

 

Moriguchi Kunihiko (Japanese, b. 1941). Kimono with Flowing Water Design, 1992. Japan, Heisei period (1989–present). Paste-resist dyed (yūzen) crepe silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Sue Cassidy Clark Gift, in memory of Terry Satsuki Milhaupt, 2014 (2014.521) © Moriguchi Kunihiko
Moriguchi Kunihiko (Japanese, b. 1941). Kimono with Flowing Water Design, 1992. Japan, Heisei period (1989–present). Paste-resist dyed (yūzen) crepe silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Sue Cassidy Clark Gift, in memory of Terry Satsuki Milhaupt, 2014 (2014.521) © Moriguchi Kunihiko

 

An additional article about the history of the kimono design can also be found on the website of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For your convenience, you can find it here: Waves, Waterfalls, and Whirling Water on Japanese Kimono

[…]
During the Edo period (1615–1868) one’s manner of dressing in public immediately revealed social status. The formal over robes for samurai- and merchant-class ladies worn untied over the kimono were often embellished with auspicious symbols—especially those designed for a wedding. Birds with long tails inhabit a bright landscape of waterfalls, rocks, pine trees, and cherry blossoms on this over robe; most brilliant of all is the gold thread of the waterfalls.
[…]

The Museum is open 7 days a week:
Sunday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.*
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.*
Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, and the first Monday in May

Admission prices:

Adults: $25
Seniors: $17
Students $12
Members and children under 12: free

It’s surely not cheap, but considering all the other awesome stuff you can see there, it’s really not a high price.