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Artistic Demonstration: Kimono

Photo courtesy of Takako Elting

The Portland Kimono Club is a community of Japanese women in the Portland area with an interest in the Kimono. Portland Kimono Club has regular activities including wearing a kimono and attending and volunteering at social events. The kimono can be used as a western-style dress without any modifications to the regular kimono.

Takako Elting learned about kimono at Marikoji Style in Kyoto, became a certified kimono instructor and then started working as a kimono specialist.

Elting is from a small island in Kagawa prefecture in Japan. She moved to the United States in August 2011. She is the founder of the Portland Kimono Club, and teaches a kimono dressing class in Beaverton, Oregon. In addition, she gives kimono demonstrations and cultural workshops.



Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center

The Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center was designed to be the cultural, educational, and architectural hub of the new Cultural Village. “With a new classroom, library, and performance space, the Learning Center provides an open and welcoming space where visitors can learn more about the culture that gave us the Japanese garden art form,”