Kyoto My name is Shimono Michico, and together with Ms. Kimata Tomoko, we offer a fun and creative kanzashi-making workshop near Ginkaku-ji (Silver Temple) in Kyoto city. Kanzashi are first mentioned in the cultural traditions of Japan during the Meiji era, so learning to make them also gives you a real historical connection! I started making traditional Japanese kanzashi hair ornaments about 10 years ago. It was my grandchild’s Shichi-Go-San celebration (a celebration of children aged 3, 5, and 7 years old), and I just couldn’t find any ready-made ones that I liked, soI started making them myself!

Experiences of Michico SHIMONO