Takashimaya – KIMONO WEARING THE RAIN

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OUTLINE

From ancient times

The people of Japan had different names for the many faces of rain.

By applying current technology

could we not visualize these ancient sensibilities of Japan?

Could we not apply patterns of this to kimono?

This is “KIMONO WEARING THE RAIN” comes from.

“Kirisame” is rain that is so fine that it spreads like a fog.

“Shinotsukuame” is rain that pours down strong like bamboo, piercing the ground.

“Murasame” is rain that stops and starts in clusters, replenishing the ground as it passes over.

Designed patterns are carved out by laser onto acrylic boards.

Water droplets are applied one by one to the patterns, and photographed.

Each water droplet shines a different kind of light and shimmer.

A never-before-seen set of patterns emerged into the world.