カーネーション/Carnation

Over the last few months I’ve been watching (via NHK) a daily asadora, morning drama called 「カーネーション」, (kaaneeshon), Carnation. It’s a fictionalized story based on the life of Ayako Koshino (小篠綾子), an early designer of Western fashion in Japan.

She was born in 1913 (Taisho Per.) to parents who sold kimono in  Kishiwada (near Osaka). According to this telling, she was exposed to western dress when visiting her uncle’s home in Kobe over a New Year’s celebration.

She was quite young (elementary age) and for fun during the holiday, her cousin says to her “Want to see something?” and takes her to a nearby dance hall where they see foreigners waltzing. Eventually one of the couples draws the children into the dance.   She is enchanted – falling in love with the elegance and colors of the long ball gowns.   The memory stays with her.

She passed away at age 92 and left a huge legacy. Her three daughters also entered the fashion world and are all highly successful. Needless to say, with the span of time this story covers and the topic, it has held interest. I haven’t missed an episode.

If you’re at all interested in the time period or the story, this link will tell the story more fully.  Also, let me encourage you to follow the links provided on the NHK site – there’s a lot there to explore (and I don’t know how long it will be accessible).

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2 Responses to “カーネーション/Carnation”

  1. k Says:

    Hey Susan–

    Just so you know, the image you linked to is showing up as text saying something to the effect of “This is what you get when you link to an image without permission”. I just wanted you to know so you can fix things before all your readers see it.

    Thanks for the (normally) beautiful shibori images.

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