Hello Lucky Things crew. So here’s something fun, for the ladies and the little people. I first heard about Takayo (the person) through a good friend years ago. My friend told me about her mummy friend who organised Japanese kimono-themed parties. What a beautiful idea. Time has flown by and I’m so happy I’m able to feature Takayo, her work and her story on Lucky Things. I love what Takayo has to say about making progress…
1.Where did you grow up? What’s one of your favourite memories growing up? I grew up in Japan. I was about 3 years old, fascinated by a Western princess wearing a big ball gown and tiara. One day, I saw this massive princess doll which was about my height at my cousin’s place and I wanted to wear the white lace long dress that the doll was wearing. I have a picture of me in a rather tight doll’s dress looking very happy.
I became a single parent, so I needed flexible way to work as I wanted to be with my son as much as I could. Following a career in the fashion industry, I wanted to start a business that allowed me to introduce something beautiful and new. I’ve always loved dressing up as a little girl and still do. As a teenager in Japan, I used to be kitted out in Vivienne Westwood from head to toe. Her collections are inspired from historical western costume designs. I was totally drawn to the Western culture of wearing corsets and the feeling of transporting myself from everyday life. Listening to other mums, I would often hear them searching for inspiration for their daughters’ birthday parties. “Aha!” I thought. I realised I could offer them something different, fresh and fun by bringing Eastern costumes, like the kimono, into their special occasions. I don’t just do children’s parties, but also hen parties and other occasions.
Entering into a niche market. People don’t know that such a thing as a kimono party exists. I knew nobody will search for a “kimono party”. I wasn’t sure if there was a demand for this kind of party, but I was confident that my service is truly unique. So I had to create the market by myself.
My son is 10 and I’ve always believed in his ability and as a result, he has always been very independent. I try to believe in my child’s ability and I want him to feel enough of himself just as he is. I show him how happy I am, not only when he achieved something, but also whenever I feel happy.
I truly value the journey in life. The goal, achievement, position and perfection are not important to me. If I’m making progress and moving forward, that’s enough and I’m happy.
I wanna be your lover – by Prince. It makes me feel good to sing along to it when it comes on. I love listening and dancing to soul, jazz, disco and funky stuff!
9. What are your 3 lucky things?
Discovering something new and interesting – I’ve recently been to Aviemore, Scotland It was magical. I was also surprised that the national animal of Scotland is unicorn!