The Kimono (combination of the word mono, which means “thing”, and the word ki, root of the verb kiru, in English “wear” – literally, “thing that you wear, clothing”), is the traditional Japanese garment worn by men and women in many different occasions, following some specific rules.
According to the opinion of the academic Aude Fieschi, the Kimono survived the modernization of the Japanese society because of its unique characteristics: its extreme simplicity, no wastefulness of the fabric and the possibility to pass down the Kimono from one generation to another like an artwork.
Therefore, the 6th edition of Japan Matsuri wants to organize a kimono show as a tribute to this beautiful clothing that distinguishes so much the Japanese culture. During this stage exhibition, different types of Kimono will be presented to the public by Rossella Marangoni, an expert of Japanese traditions, who will illustrate in detail their characteristics, their use and especially their history and evolution.
Rossella Marangoni is an expert of Japanese traditions, a member of the Italian Association for Japanese Studies (AISTUGIA) and a graduate in Japanese language and literature at the Torino University. Her trips to Japan inspired her to write her essays about the beautiful culture of this country and also to finish Zen, an iconographic dictionary translated in many languages.
In 2011, in collaboration with Marilia Albanese e Carmen Covito, she became founder of an online magazine named “AsiaTeatro.it”, where she curates the section dedicated to Japan. She also organizes many events related to the Japanese culture, holds conferences, classes and seminars, with the focus on the theatrical culture and aesthetics of the Edo period (1603-1868).
Artistic director of Japan SunDays festival of Milan, Rossella Marangoni collaborates with the teacher Hoashi, organizing public Kimono exhibitions with the purpose of sharing her knowledge regarding this beautiful traditional clothing.