~Past Event ~
Kimono Presentation &
Yukata Show by Ugawa Yu
|| Kimono Coordinator, Ugawa Yu from Kobe, Japan
participated in 2011 Aki Matsuri.
Also participants assisting Ugawa san were the following:
Makiko Nobuhara (make-up)
Junko Ebisuya (kitsuke)
Akemi Iwata (hair stylist, make-up)
Mika Carnes (hair stylist @ eN Salon)
Andrea Nakano (Yukata Show MC)
and her assistants demonstrated how to wear Furisode (long sleeved kimono) and
how to tie obi in traditional and more unique styles on Saturday at the Tatami Stage.
On Sunday, she and her assisitants conducted a Yukata Show on the main stage in the Gym.
of the Yukata Show was "Kizuna" ... bond between
family/friends, people in Japan, and people in the World. More than
15 beautiful yukata and obi were worn by volunteer models who were chosen from local participants prior to the
Show, Aki Matsuri 2011)
Coordinator, Ugawa Yu)
was born in Ashiya-shi, Japan.
She married with the owner of a long standing Kimono Shop located
in Kobe. She became very interested in Kimono, and worked hard to
become a kimono expert.
She founded "You & Yu Kimono Kitsuke Gakuin" in 1993
to educate people about the proper wearing of Kimono and the coordination
& selection of Kimono and accessories.
In 1994, she founded "Bridal Group You & Yu" to advise
and assist with the wedding ceremony attire for groom and bride in
both Japanese-style and western-style.
In 2002, she became an exclusive bridal coordinator in the Katsura
Sanso, a high-class Japanese-style restaurant and inn.
| In 2010, she established a Non-Profit Organization called "I
Love Kimono Yukino-kai" to preserve and continue the heritage
of Kimono Culture and promote it in a broader range of the population.
She has presented several Kimono/Yukata shows in Kobe. She also conducted
Kimono Presentations and Shows in Florence, Italy (2005) and Rotterdam,
This will be her first Kimono Presentation and Yukata Show held in
the USA, and she is very excited to meet many matsuri visitors.
Please check her website:
(Photo courtesy of Ugawa Yu)