Another Reason to Thank Japan

Since about a half century ago, Japan has exported a range of delights to the world, among them: sushi, haikus, bonsai trees, Toyotas, gadgetry, servant robots, anime, Hello Kitty, Power Rangers, Zen-ness. But one thing that’s never fully caught on (and I’m not talking about militarism, whale meat, or Sumo wrestling) is the kimono, a wrap-around garment, somewhere between a sarong and a bathrobe.

The kimono is – like everything Japanese – understated and elegant. In 1989, a Japanese-American designer, Anne Namba, did up the simple Japanese dress into a Western fashion item. In sum, the result is sleekly Japanese, sexily Western, and colorfully Hawaiian. The style isn’t (yet) widespread, but its uniqueness has interested high fashion. Today, a collection of her wears, “The Anne Namba Trunk Show and Presentation,” displays at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens Theater (4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Namba herself will present the goods and take questions from you, the audience, at 2 p.m. If you opt to buy one of her kimonos, don it for a stroll through the Morikami’s world-famous gardens. Admission to the museum costs up to $10; tickets to her presentation are served on a first-come basis. Call 561-495-0233, or visit For info on the kimonos, visit
Thu., Dec. 6, 2007

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