On Thursday, September 22nd, a group of students and professors from four universities in Japan visited Damien to hold a workshop teaching our students about kimono. Kimono is traditional Japanese clothing which is typically worn on special occasions, such as festivals or coming-of-age ceremonies.
After a brief lecture about the history, styles, and parts of a kimono, our professors, Satsumoto-sensei and Kawabata-sensei, and the university students showed our students how to put on their yukata (a casual summer kimono), himo (string), and obi (belt). The students discovered how difficult it is to put on their kimono, but once their obi was tied, they all seemed to enjoy wearing it. The workshop was a wonderful educational experience that we hope to have again someday.