blasian women wearing black kimono
blasian women wearing black kimono

The kimono is a famous Japanese traditional cloth. It has been used since the “heian period” (794-1192). This cloth is very important to me because I am half Japanese and grew up there. I think it represents me for being part of Japan. By wearing a kimono on formal occasions, I can show  that I’m part Japanese.  I have a big family and I don’t have my kimono but I got one when I was three years old. My siblings and my mom, grandma and cousin, all went to get kimono to take a family picture.  This is one of my favorite memories I remember. In Japan they do this thing when you  are a three, five, seven year- old girls they have festivals for celebrating the growth. Being mixed race is difficult and because of my situation I only know mom side culture and people to understand me but I want to learn more about Japan and Haiti, and keep this tradition and culture alive .

Place(s): Japan, New York
Year: 2017

– Tcantave

Relationship:  Im/migrant who arrived as a child Im/migrant who arrived as a child