The kimono is one of the most representative, traditional costumes of Japanese culture, and its beautiful design emits natural grace for anyone who wears it.
來自英國的Sheila Cliffe ，自倫敦大學畢業後就來到了日本，對日本文化十分熱愛的她，取得在天普大學日本校區教授認證後，在日本生活了35年，對於當地的理解程度幾乎與在地人無任何區別。
Sheila Cliffe traveled from England to Japan after graduating from the University of London when she was 22.
Extremely passionate about Japanese culture, she has lived in Japan for 35 years after obtaining a professorship at Temple University’s Japanese campus and her knowledge of the country is hardly discernable from locals today.
The 60-year-old’s other passion for dressing up can’t be deterred even as she ages, and she often wears kimonos with different prints and colorful waistbands topped with her bright blonde hair, making her very recognizable wherever she goes.
She also uploads photos of different styles of kimono-wear to Instagram, and each post attracts more than a thousand likes from social media users.
Cliffe recalls how she first fell in love with kimonos when she arrived in Japan in 1983. She was captivated by the kimonos she saw in second-hand markets.
She explained, “Nowadays, everyone wears clothes without patterns: navy blue, brown, black and other plain colors; there are not many people who wear floral patterns anymore.”
Seeing her confident look in kimonos, many fans couldn’t help but praise her, commenting, “She is still beautiful, even with age,” while others praised her delicate wardrobe and lauded the care she put into her outfits.