Kimono: Blending Different Cultures with a Japanese Tradition
On March 11, 2015, Professor Mari Noda, Associate Director of NEALRC, presented a talk entitled “Kimono: Blending Different Cultures with a Japanese Tradition.” The kimono has been worn by men and women in Japan for over 1300 years. Wearing kimono is associated with special life events for most Japanese people. Dr. Noda talked about its history, its cultural significance to the Japanese tradition, and how to make and wear it, in Hagerty Hall at OSU.
Professor Mark Bender, Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, made an introduction to Dr. Noda before her presentation and Professor Diane Birckbichler, Director of the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures, concluded Dr. Noda’s presentation. Around 50 teachers and students attended the event.
Together with the presentation, there is an exhibit in the Global Gallery in Hagerty Hall, drawing attention to the cultural issues in modern Japanese society by looking at the history, arts, and crafts, and the diverse practices of wearing of kimono. It presents samples of prominent arts and crafts from various parts of Japan and illustrates putting on a kimono, a process that is not second nature to most young Japanese. It also shows samples of kimono from the personal collection of Dr. Noda’s mother. The exhibit was launched in late January and is still on display, which has attracted hundreds of visitors so far.