13th Annual Aki Matsuri
September 11 & 12, 2010 at the Bellevue College Main Campus
"Japan Guest Program" brought the following arts and guests
from Japan representing the Fine Art of "kimono" including
"Tokyo Tegaki Yuzen (Edo Yuzen)" from Tokyo.
From the formal black silk kimono bearing family crests to the casual
cotton yukata, kimono symbolizes both the durability and "softer
side" of Japanese culture. While no longer everyday wear for
most Japanese, kimono are the standard costume for people engaged
in the traditional professions and arts. They also are worn proudly
for special holidays and such personal celebrations as graduations
and weddings. Pure visual delights in Japan are throngs of people
in kimono at shrine festivals, or groups of girls in lovely kimono
headed for graduation parties, or small children dressed in colorful
kimono at shrines with their parents to celebrate the Shichi-Go-San
(Photos courtesy of Mr. Osamu Hyodo)
no Kimono" is a Kimono Shop specializing in high-end kimono,
obi, and kimono accompaniments. The shop was opened in 1975 by the
president, Mr. Sueo Uchida whose father, the late Mr. Syuichi Uchida,
was recognized as an intangible cultural asset designated by the Yamanashi
Prefecture in the field of Edo Komon (Tokyo Fine-Pattern Dyeing).
"Uchida no Kimono" was incorporated in 1979, and moved to
the current Mejiro location in 1988. In 2004, the shop was expanded
and remodeled. In 2010, they are celebrating its 35th anniversary
and many events are planned. As a part, Mr. Uchida's wife (Isuzu Uchida)
and his son (Hideki Uchida) will attend 2010 Aki Matsuri and introduce
wonderful "Kimono" culture to matsuri visitors.
She was born in Yamanashi Prefecture.
After graduating from Faculty of Literature in Rikkyo University,
she joined Japan Airlines. She left Japan Airlines in 1974 to marry
Mr. Sueo Uchida. She then studied at Hakubi Kyoto Kimono Institute
and graduated from its Instructor's course.
Currently, she is in charge of clerical work at "Uchida no Kimono"
and also conducts Kitsuke (kimono dressing) classes.
He was born in Toshima-ku, Tokyo.
After graduating from the School of Commerce at Meiji University,
he joined the Kyoei Fire and Marine Insurance Co., Ltd.
In 2006, he left this job and started working in "Uchida no Kimono".
As a second generation of "Uchida no Kimono", he is involved
in business activities as well as being in charge of planning and
conducting Kimono exhibits, seminars, and study tours.
(Photos courtesy of Uchida no kimono)
Tegaki Yuzen (Edo Yuzen)
is Yuzen zome?
Yuzen-zome (Yuzen dyeing) is one of the most typical dyeing methods
developed during the Edo era (1600-1868) and continues to be used
to make high-end kimono and obi. Today there are three famous centers
of Yuzen zome: Tokyo (Tokyo Tegaki Yuzen), Kanazawa (Kaga Yuzen),
and Kyoto (Kyo Yuzen).
What is Tokyo Tegaki Yuzen?
Yuzen-zome techniques originated in Kyoto and were brought to Edo
(now Tokyo), the capital of the Tokugawa Shoguns around the mid-Edo
era. At that time, Edo was the center of political power of the Shogunate,
and the culture & economy flourished in this, one of the world's
largest metropolis. As merchants (shonin) and town's folk (chonin)
became economically stronger during the mid to late Edo era, a grand
chonin culture evolved. Edo Yuzen was developed under such circumstances
and brought forth the chic culture of the Edo era to modern day Japan.
Its metropolitan sophisticated patterns and color scheme are highly
Edo Yuzen was acclaimed as a Traditional Craft by the Ministry of
Economy, Trade and Industry in 1980, and its official name became
Tokyo Tegaki Yuzen.
Within the silk dyeing profession of Japan, Edo Tegaki Yuzen artisans
are specialists in designs made entirely by hand. The many painstaking
steps needed to produce each of these gems of fabric art make fine
designs and sharp detailing possible, setting them far apart from
commonly seen mass-produced patterns. Each design is carefully hand
painted to become a unique work of fabric art.
Basic Steps to accomplish Tokyo Tegaki Yuzen are:
- Use a tracing fluid from the "tsuyu kusa" plant
to outline the design on the white silk fabric.
- Place the fine line of Nori paste on the outlines and
lines between the patterns as borders to keep dyes from bleeding
into each other. Where Nori paste was placed remains un-dyed.
- Cover the fabric surface with Gojiru (soybean milk)
or Mafunori (sea kelp paste) to enhance dyeing and to ensure
an even fabric dyeing
- Hand-Paint dyes within the outlines created in step 3 by brush.
- Cover these newly dyed areas/patterns in step 5 with Nori paste and Nuka (rice bran) for masking.
- Apply the background dyes.
- Fix the colors by steaming and then rinse the fabric thoroughly
in running water to remove the excess dyes and Nori paste.
- Steam to fix distortion and give the fabric a fixed width and
- Re-touch the patterns and complete the fabric design with gold/silver
leaf and thread embroidery.
Aki Matsuri is proud and honored to have presented the exhibit
and demonstration on Tokyo Tegaki Yuzen. Superlative examples of Japanese
aesthetic values are demonstrated by the government* designated master
craft person, Mr. Osamu Hyodo from Tokyo, Japan.
Profile of Mr. Osamu Hyodo
in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
from Tokyo Senshoku Bijyutsu Gakuin (Tokyo Senshoku Art Professional
into the 13th Nihon Kogeikai Nihon Senshokuten (Japan Dyed
and Woven Textile Exhibit by Japan Craft Association)
Accepted into the 1st Nihon Kimono Senshoku Kogeikai Shinjin Senshokuen (New Comers' Dyed and Woven Textile Exhibit by Japan Kimono Dyeing
and Weaving Craft Association).
in "Japan Kimono Festival in Colorado by Japan Kimono Culture
Promotion Association" held in Denver, Colorado.
into the 31st Nihon Kogeikai Tokyo Shibu Dento Kogei Shinsakuten (Traditional Craft New Work Exhibit by Japan Craft Association Tokyo
Solo Show at Art Space 17.
prize at the 31st Sengeiten (Dyed Craft Exhibit).
Held the 3rd Kimono Show at the Gallery Umeda.
prize at the 32nd Sengeiten.
Accepted into the 13th Silk Sensyoku Sakuhinten (Silk Dyed
and Woven Work Exhibit).
prize at the 33rd Sengeiten.
President Award of Zen Nippon Tegaki Sensyoku Kogei Rengo-kai at the 34th Sengeiten.
as Master Craft Person by *Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry,
(Photos courtesy of Mr. Osamu Hyodo)