“Carina!” (Cute in Italian) The old lady put a big smile on her face.
The old man bowing at me and giving me a posture asking “May I take a picture?” quietly.
The grumpy boy pretending not to care about kimono saying “Arigatou” while passing by the street.
“Konnichiwa!” “Japon!” “Tokyo! Kyoto!”… That moment when you recognize where you come from in a place that is far away from your home. That moment when you feel you connected two different cultures. I was convinced that, even if we come from different background, speak different languages our heart is the same. ; we can make this world a better place together one day.
I believe in the power of kimono. A magic, which can make people instantly happy just by me wearing it. My reason why I wore kimono abroad was because it was one of my dreams, but I realized that at some point during my trip, I simply wanted to see people smile.
The Japanese guy, I met in Germany said to me, “Thank you for representing Japan beautifully.” He made me smile a lot.
I am sure I will show up somewhere in the world with my kimono again. ~ I found myself being changed compared to the last time when I went to abroad. ; What I know for sure is that I am proud to be Japanese. i found myself walking being confident with kimono, because….
this is my beautiful culture that I am proud of.
Special thank you to Matteo, who helped me with all my kimono shooting and taking beautiful pictures of me!! You are the best.