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Kimono: The importance of Inheritance – Yasuko Omori (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Yasuko Omori’s talk titled “Kimono: The importance of Inheritance” at TEDxBorrowdaleWomen conference.

Yasuko Omori’s talk, “Kimono: The Importance of Inheritance,” passionately explores the cultural significance and enduring legacy of the kimono in Japanese heritage. She shares her personal journey, highlighting how the COVID-19 pandemic threatened her livelihood and the tradition of kimonos, prompting a deeper reflection on her work.

Omori emphasizes the kimono’s role in connecting generations, underscoring the meticulous craftsmanship and environmental sustainability inherent in these garments. Despite the challenges posed by fast fashion and the complexity of wearing kimonos, she advocates for innovation to make them more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Omori envisions a future where kimonos can be easily worn by all, thus broadening their appeal and ensuring their preservation.

Her commitment to passing down this tradition is evident as she calls for a balance between honoring the past and adapting to the future. Omori’s talk is a heartfelt reminder of the importance of cultural inheritance and the beauty of sharing it across generations.

Listen to the audio version here:


Much trauma was created when COVID-19 hit the world in 2019. Many lives were lost, and many lost their jobs. I’m one of those who almost lost their jobs due to COVID-19. I carry on the tradition of Japanese kimonos and, at that time, I had the worst feeling that not only my job but also kimonos may be lost.

This led me to ponder deeply about my work, and I felt an urgent need to tell you more about the beauty of kimonos and traditions. That is why I’m here today. So, what do you imagine when you hear the word “inherent”? When people think of keeping traditions, it sometimes feels like a constraint.

But traditions are simply the set of customs and cultures that we acquire naturally from generation to generation. Sometimes they change slowly, but they could change drastically. There are times they refuse to change and perish or times they remain unchanged and out-reserved and pass on to the next generation. For me, a tradition I wish to pass on is the wearing of the kimono.

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