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Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013

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"Kimono Beauty"

CHIBA CITY MUSEUM OF ART


By TOMOHIRO OSAKI
Staff writer

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"White kimono (kosode) patterned with bamboo and peony prints" (Edo Period) © 2013 MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

The kimono is one of Japan's most famous traditions. Recently, it has garnered even more international attention as not only a fashionable garment but also as an art form.

This exhibition mainly showcases kimono from the mid-Edo Period (1603-1867) to the beginning of Showa Era (1926-1989), with a particular focus on hair accessories and obi sashes. Also on show are paintings that vividly depict the society and lifestyle of those periods. Among the kimono on display are some from the personal collection of American doctor William Sturgis Bigelow (1850-1926), a collector of Japanese art; Jan. 4-Feb. 11.

Chiba City Museum of Art; (043) 221-2311; 3-10-8 Chuo, Chuo-ku, Chiba; Chiba Chuo Station, Keisei Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,000. Closed on Jan. 7, 21, Feb. 4. www.ccma-net.jp.

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