Rev. Kuniko Kanawa is an owner of Atelier Kanawa, the Japanese concept earth friendly studio. She offers various refined traditional Japanese cultural services as a certified Kimono consultant, Kimono model, Kimono photographer, founder of Washington D.C. Kimono Club, Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan, certified Shinto priestess, Kagura dancer, and Shinto photographer of KAMUNABI photography.
In 2007, she officially became a certified Kimono consultant of All Japan Kimono Consultant Association after graduating from Sodo Reiho Kimono College. In the same year, she became a professional Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan through intensive training by a designated master Kazuyo Hozumi, the one of only few designated Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisans in Japan. As a successor to preserve this disappearing traditional handicraft, she creates both traditional and modern designed Tsumami Kanzashi, including custom orders. Her beautiful creations can be purchased online at http://atelierkanawa.com.
In early 2013, she founded Washington D.C. Kimono Club. The Club welcomes her Kimonos students who loves/sincerely respect Kimono, Japanese seasonal culture, traditional Japanese custom/manners, and Kimono decorum. Members receive the opportunities to model at her Kimono fashion shows/dressing demonstrations, participate in Japanese seasonal cultural events in Kimono, and attend Washington D.C. Kimono Club’s special workshops.
In October 2015, Rev. Kuniko Kanawa humbly received a Shinto priestess certification through Ama-no-Iwakura-Jingu, the independent Shinto shrine in Horoshima prefecture. She was naturally guided to this path as she rediscovered Shinto playing a remarkably significant role as a core soul of Japanese culture/spirituality, through deeply pursuing the traditional Japanese culture in her profession. She now takes a part to pass it on to the next generation.
We’re excited to have Rev. Kuniko Kanawa with us this year and hope you can join us in welcoming her this upcoming weekend at Anime USA!