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International Museum of the Baroque



Photography: courtesy of @landisliang


About me


Hi! My name is Kyoko.


My memory of wearing kimonos goes back to when I was a child.


Both my mother and grandmother wore kimonos everyday, they wore them while they cooked, cleaned, sewed, went to work... it was as much a part of their daily lives as jeans and shirts are a part of ours!

I remember the local kimono store would come to our house with rolls and rolls of beautiful silk kimono fabrics in tow. They displayed them all across our floor and my mother and all my aunties would fight over the ones they thought were the most beautiful. That is how my familie's collection was purchased and grew to what it is today... what a luxurious way to shop! Once they selected their favourites, each kimono was custom made to fit.

Kimonos for Japanese people aren't just a garment, but a part of our broader traditions and heritage. They are usually passed down from mothers to daughters for many generations. I wore my mother's kimono to my daughter's graduation ceremony and it felt as if my mother was there with us. My daughter has also worn the kimono my mother made for me when I was a child to many special occasions. There are not only memories but also family histories behind each dress. Despite these traditions, it is important to me that kimonos don't become a thing of the past. I encourage all people to wear them to keep their memories alive!

I founded Kimono Australia as the first overseas certified kimono dressing school certified by The Japan Tradition Technique Instructor Association (JTTI). JTTI has 44 certified kimono schools and private practices around Japan. My goal is to expand knowledge and awareness of Japanese culture through teaching kimono dressing. 

Let me show you how to dress in kimono authentically but also the different ways to style and dress beautiful kimonos. They are there to be enjoyed by everyone, not only people with Japanese heritage. You will be amazed by how versatile the kimono is and how divine they can make you feel.​​

So come and join us at Kimono Australia, make new kimono friends, enjoy kimono outings, and most of all let's just have fun and enjoy your kimono life!

Kyoko Hodgkinson

Kimono Grand Master

Japan Tradition Technique Instructor Association

​Sydney - Kimono Australia









Kimono Australia is the first overseas branch of Japan Tradition Technique Instructor Association (JTTI).  

JTTI has over 44 Kimono dressing schools throughout Japan and

now you can enrolling into JTTI courses here in Sydney. 

All completion and accredited qualification certificates come from

JTTI Head office in Japan.



Japan Tradition Technique Instructor Association 

Qualification Courses



Introductory Course

This is the best place to start your journey to learn the art of Japanese Kimono Dressing in an nauthentic way. Learn how to dress yourself in just 7 weeks.

You will learn not only kimono dressing skills but theory of kimono dressing, various obi ties, history, Kimono TPO, styling, coordinations and more! 

Once you have completed this course you will be able to progress to Intermediate course if you wish. 

Course fee: $530

​Include JTTI text book & Ishou jiki


​Introductory Course

This course is about enjoying your kimono!  Learn how to dressed yourself in kimono and basic obi ties. You will also learn about kimono TPO, ranking, obi types, origin of kimono and obi, current kimono trend etc. It's a fun course to get started! 



​Intermediate Course - Sen-ka Wasoushi Level 2

​専科 和装師2級

This course is about perfecting your self-styling and you will start learning the basics about how to dress in formal kimono dressing and learn different obi tying techniques.  You will receive an accreditation certificate of Wasoushi Level 2 at completion of this course.



​Instructor Course - Kenkyu-ka Wasoushi Level 1

​研究科 和装師1級

Kenkyu-ka course is where you will learn the skills necessary to dress others. This is the first step to becoming a professional kimono dresser. At the conclusion of this course, you will receive an accreditation certificate of Wasoushi Level 1.



Master Course - Shihan-ka 

​師範科 准師範

This is where things get serious, additional to the skills you have learnt, you will master highly skilled obi tying methods and gain a deeper understanding of kimono dressing as an art. You will receive an accreditation certificate of Jun Shihan at completion of this course.



Grand Master Course - Koutou Shihan-ka 

​高等師範科 和装高等師範

This is a teaching course.  You will learn how to teach others the skills of dressing and you will be able to teach and open your own classes. You will receive an accreditation certificate of Koutou Shihan at completion. By becoming a Koutou Shihan, you will also be able to beco a member of  the Japan Tradition Technique Association. Additionally you will be invited to their annual event for all professional masters. 



Your Completion and Accreditation Certificate Presentation 

Graduation day is the day of celebration at Kimono Australia.

We enjoy this wonderful time to congratulate your achievement! 


We make the day special by going out to lunch to celebrate with everyone in the Kimono Australia Community! 




JTTI Courses

Learn Japan Tradition Technique Instructor Association accredited courses in Sydney


Kimono Sale

Gorgeous selection of kimono, haori and so much more at our Pop Up and Matsuri! Coming soon! 


Kimon Presentation

Kimono demonstration / presentation at community events, schools and

coorporate functions.  


Kimono rental, styling & dressing

Weddings, photography sessions, graduations, anniversaries. I can coordinate and style you to be dressed

in perfection! 



Exciting kimono events coming up soon. Keep yourself updated by checking my instagram post!



Celebration for 3 & 7 year old girls and 5 year old boys are called "Shichigosan". Create a wonderful memory to remember the special day!



Our professional team with Hair stylist & photographer  

to take care of

your special day



We have various workshops throughout the year. They are informative, fun and a great way to spend morning or afternoon. 


Family Photography

Dress up in kimono to have a special memory of your family's prescious moments!


Kimono Australia Event
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