Imagine One World Kimono Project With the Japan America Society of Southern California

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The Imagine OneWorld Incorporation was founded in 2014 as a nonprofit organization in Kyushu Prefecture, Japan by Yoshimasa Takakura, president of Choya Japanese Kimono & Obi Co., Ltd. under a mission to revitalize the Kimono Industry in Japan. The goal of IMAGINE ONEWORLD KIMONO PROJECT is to create 196 kimono to show case at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics Game. This Kimono performance for the USA is subsidized by J-LOP+, funding from The Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry of Japan.


July 4, 2015 at the 111th Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade. The U.S.A. kimono will be worn by a Japanese model riding on a firetruck along with eight high school student ambassadors participating in the Huntington Beach Sister City Association’s annual student exchange program with Anjo city, Aichi prefecture, Japan. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. at Pacific Coast Highway and 9th Street, turns left onto Main Street, then ends just after Yorktown Avenue in the city of Huntington Beach. At the conclusion of the parade, the Japanese taiko drum group, Nobushi, Shakuhachi (bamboo) flute and the piano, will perform in front of Huntington Beach High School, located near the corner of Main Street and Yorktown Avenue.

The Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade

Performance in front of Huntington Beach High School

  • Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648

For more information about the parade, including a parade route map, click HERE.

July 5th
1:00pm and 4:00pm at the Carousel Court (level 1)
South Coast Plaza Shopping Center
3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

July 5, 2015 at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626.  Two kimono fashion shows with music will take place at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the Carousel Court (Level One). For more information, click HERE. Each show will combine traditional Japanese kimonos and music performed with Japanese musical instruments. The kimonos, which embody the splendor of each country’s history and culture, were created by prominent Japanese kimono craftsmen using traditional dyeing and weaving techniques. The music is performed with Japanese taiko drums, the shakuhachi (bamboo) flute, and piano, all of which blend together to create a truly unique and entertaining show. The song “America,” composed specifically for these shows, will be performed along with other Japanese influenced music to express the message of IMAGINE ONEWORLD.

About Japan America Society of Southern California (JASSC)

The JASSC was founded in 1909 as a nonprofit, membership organization to build economic, cultural, governmental and personal relationships between the people of Japan and America. It has grown to become the West Coast’s premier educational and public affairs forum dedicated to the U.S.–Japan relationship by offering unique and authentic opportunities to become involved in the business and cultural relationship between the two countries.

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