Japanese Kimono

In Attire
Relationship: Child of im/migrant

This is a kimono I bought over spring break in Japan.  That was my first time in Japan even though I am Japanese.  My family and I were staying at a hotel in Kyoto.  The hotel was selling kimonos and I bought one.  The kimono is a light yellow and it has big red and pink flowers on it.  It also has smaller white flowers scattered around it.  The kimono has a long red ribbon, which goes around your waist.  The kimono is soft and very long, it is almost able to cover my feet. This kimono represents my culture and some of my family.  My mom’s grandfather was originally from Japan, and he later moved to either Singapore or Malaysia.  No one else in my family was from Japan that I know of.  At that time Singapore was conquered and occupied by Japan.  My mom is from Singapore and when she was 11 years old, she and her older sister were sent to Canada.  Her sister was only a few years older than her, and they were by themselves.  They had an apartment and then many years later my mom moved to America.  I don’t have anything that represents my family on my mom's side except for that kimono.  It represents my Japanese culture, and that is very important to me.

Place(s): Japan

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Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant