Kimono Exhibition & Cultural Exchange Program

Kimono: A Tradition of Sustainable Fashion

Free Public Program

Poster Image by Travis Suzaka

Event Dates

Sunday, October 9th 2-5pm 

Sunday, October 16th 2-5pm 

Saturday, October 29th 7:30-9:15pm 


Marc A. Scora Hall at OPERA America (National Opera Center)

330 Seventh Avenue, Fl 7th, New York  NY 10001


This is an open-to-public and free event.

However, we request a deposit of $20 per seat to secure seating and avoid no-shows. Eventbrite charges a handling fee of $3.05 per seat. So the total will be $23.05 per seat upon booking your seat. We will return the $20 deposit when you visit the event (i.e. You pay only the handling fee of $3.05 per seat for Eventbrite).


Because of the limited capacity, we strongly recommend you to make an advanced booking starting in the middle of September though Eventbrite for this indoor program.

This free public program is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Cultural Affairs, Japan Foundation New York, J.C.C.Fund & JCCI NY 


Program Description

The shape of Japanese kimono costume has not changed over 1200 years. Kimono’s total product lifecycle management tradition was a well established system including its shape from the ancient times. Kimono is an outfit with so much meticulous deliberation in every detail, so as not to waste any fabric. It is designed to last for a long time, and it can be recycled.

The program will introduce the wisdom within Japanese kimono culture including some of the rare traditional craftsmanship techniques. Additionally, the relationship between kimono and Japanese traditional dance will be shown and explained with actual live performance sessions.


Our project of Kimono as a sustainable fashion will be a long-term project of JPA.

Sunday, October 9th & 16th

Sunday, October 9th & 16th (2:00 – 5:00 pm)

Program contents will be the same for these two dates:

1. Kimono: A Tradition of Sustainable Fashion – The details of kimono’s eco-friendly product lifecycle management

2. Kimono Classifications and Differentiation – Kimono in different occasions (formal to casual) & how they are differentiated

3. Kimono Dressing (Demonstration) – Aesthetics know-hows for wearing a kimono

4. Kimono and Traditional Japanese Dance (Demonstration) – Relationship between Japanese traditional dance and kimono

Program Duration: Approximately 2 hours for explanation and demonstration. 1 hour for exhibit viewing

Saturday, October 29th 

Saturday, October 29 (7:30- 9:15)

1Kimono: A Tradition of Sustainable Fashion – The details of kimono’s eco-friendly product lifecycle management

2. Explanations on the Relationship Between Japanese Traditional Dance and Kimono, and the body use differences in the dances between the male and female characters (with 4 Classic Dance Pieces)

2-A) Fumiuri (Love Letter Scribe) by Yuko Hamada

2-B) Fujimusume (Wisteria Maiden) by Midori Anami

2-C) Kurokami (Black Hair) by Yuko Hamada

2-D) Onna Sukkeroku (Female Version Sukeroku) by Yuko Hamada

Program Duration: Approximately 1 hours & 45 min


ASSIYA VAN (October 9, 16 and 29) 

Aasiya Van studied Japanese language and culture at The City College of New York alongside her music and theater studies. During university, she found great interest in Japanese tradition and arts, and incorporated them in her playwriting and directing practices. After her visit to Japan in 2020, she planned her relocation to Japan upon graduation. Aasiya became affiliated with Japan Performing Arts, Inc through her role as emcee for the 2022 Kimono Project: A Tradition of Sustainable Fashion. Set to move to Japan in 2023, Aasiya hopes to continue contributing to the field of Japanese tradition and arts—in Japan and abroad.

MARIAM VAN (Oct 9 & 16) 

Mariam Van is a fourth-year student at Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, where she is majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Japanese. She is the president of the Japanese Club and she has been studying Japanese for seven years now. Thanks to the wonderful Japanese program at her college, she was able to meet the ambassador at the Consul-General of Japan in New York, Mikio Mori, and the First Lady of Japan, Yuko Kishida. Mariam is working as an intern at the Department of Environmental Protection. Her other interests include painting, writing, and spending time with her family. Mariam would be happy to pursue a career in any one of these fields.