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Friday, Nov. 4, 2011


"Kyoto Kimono: Inspired Grace and Elegance from Momoyama to Edo"

The Museum of Kyoto

Staff writer

The kosode is a traditional Japanese garment that is often thought of as a kimono prototype. Its basic style is similar to a kimono, but it is looser in fit and has different sleeve and obi-sash widths. Kosode and modern kimono can be compared and contrasted in this exhibition, which starts off with life-size recreations of Momoyama (1573-1603) and Edo Period (1603-1867) kosode.

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"Kosode with Scenes from The Tale of Genji," from the Marubeni Corporation (Edo Period, 18th century)

On display are around 180 kosode, including five that are designated as Important Cultural Properties. Some of the garments on show are drawn from the superb collections of three long-established kimono shops — Matsuzakaya, Marubeni and Chiso; till Dec. 11.

The Museum of Kyoto; (075) 222-0888; Sanjo Takakura, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto; 3-min. walk east of Karasuma Oike Station (Exit 5), Karasuma or Tozai lines. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri., till 7:30 p.m.) ¥1,200. Closed Mon. www.bunpaku.or.jp.

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