The kimono is a beautiful and undeniable piece of Japanese culture that has grown in popularity all around the world. The reason why this is so crucial is the fact that mutual respect between countries often has to do with the acceptance of their cultures. This isn’t so easy to achieve, as cultures are diverse and people might not necessarily be able to accept how the others live. It is this disparity that separates us as a species, but also what brings us together thanks to the celebration of culture. In the case of the kimono, few are more distinguished than the late Itchiku Kubota, who toiled for years trying to learn the mysterious art of dying known as Tsujigahana.
The story between Kubota and Tsujigahana is quite poetic, with Kubota finding a piece of cloth in the Tokyo museum when he was a young man in the early nineteen hundreds. In this place where the people rarely visited, Itchiku stared at this cloth, enraptured by the strange way it was coloured. From this fascination eventually began his quest to make Tsujigahana into a reality. The interesting part is while he did not succeed completely, he instead created a style that was a product of all of his years of trial and error. This new style, a homage to the original, is perhaps even more impressive in its craft.
Spreading Kubota’s Collection all over the world
While Kubota indeed crafted masterpieces after dozens of years of practice, it was with the effort of others that he was able to show his collection to the rest of the world. While the master artisan himself is no longer with us, his collection continues to be toured thanks to the effort of the Chodiev collection of Kubotas which is being sponsored by the International Chodiev Foundation. It is thanks to their tireless efforts that people all over the world can view these stunning pieces of art, and they have no plans of stopping anytime soon.
The effect of Kubota’s Collection
The appreciation of culture is something that can bring people from different walks of life together to enjoy what their fellow man has crafted. In the case of Kubota’s Collection, it has helped spread the often mystical and mysterious allure of Japanese culture to different countries, which has resulted in improved overall relations.
The Chodiev Foundation seeks to bridge the gap between many countries – Russia and Japan in particular – and to help forge even stronger ties in the future. This collection of beautiful kimonos dyed in the special Itchiku Kubota style is one of just many exhibits that spread Japanese culture, and the foundation hopes that even more will be added in the future.
To conclude, this simple celebration of the kimono and Tsujigahana has resulted in the appreciation of Japanese culture at many levels and has also served to further the harmony between Japan and its neighbours. Its impact cannot be understated, and it goes to show one man’s dream can help change the world for the better.