Kimono in Motion Workshop 

~ How to behave gracefully with the correct decorum when dressed in kimono~  

Tuesday, July 18 @ JASWDC Office

3 parking garages near JASWDC from $6 after 5:00 p.m.

7:00 ~ 9:30 p.m.

Classroom door opens at 6:00 p.m.

Please complete your dressing by 7:00 p.m. sharp.

JASWDC & Washington D.C. Kimono Club

Members: $60     Non-Members: $70

Prerequisite: WDC Kimono Club Membership or students who are close to completing yukata course

Please RSVP by July 17th at 5:00 p.m.



Wafuku (kimono) is traditional Japanese attire, which has been formed by harmonizing with nature and social surroundings throughout Japanese history.  Wa means “to harmonize”, Fuku means “clothing”. Therefore, Wafuku, Japanese term for kimono, is the attire of harmony. When wearing a kimono, one becomes a living sculpture.  Kimono is very much praised worldwide not only because of remarkably refined artisan’s techniques to dye and weave, but definitely also for its beauty and gracefulness in ones spirituality, motion, and decorum.

In this class, you will learn the fundamental and further decorum to present yourself in a kimono. Starting with the lecture of “Waso-do” (kimono way of life) and the origin of Japanese decorum, you will learn the concept of “Seichu/Kamiza/Shimoza” (seat of honor/lower seat, based on sacred midline), practice standing, seiza, walking, turning, and the four levels of bow. Students also learn graceful communication decorum such as conveying your speech and writing.

For kimono fashion show model segment, students learn the concept of “Kamite/Shimote” (stage left/right), practice as much as possible from walking on stage, speed, pose, posing positions, angles, attractive movements, and handling the sleeves and props.

Taking this class is required for all the Washington D.C. Kimono Club members to preserve their membership, as well as  students  who  are  close  to  completing  yukata course  and  plan  to  apply  for membership.  Please take full advantage from this remarkable opportunity to learn how to present you in a graceful manner when wearing a kimono like a Yamato Nadeshiko.

**Cancellations must be made by one business day before class at 5:00 p.m. Refunds will not be given to cancellations or no shows after this date, or a credit can be used up to three months from the day for the class.


Instructor:  Kuniko Kanawa

(Certified Kimono Consultant/Kimono Model/Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan/Shinto Priestess)
For her full profile, please visit