HARUKA, Founder

 

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HARUKA

MIKOTO Founder
Kimono Business Coordinator

Owner of :
Bilingual Kimono Coordinator(For kimono professionals)

ThinkBuzan Official Mindmap Instructor
Translator (kimono, general business, marketing, Web, App, software, educational materials etc.)

 

MIKOTO & KIMONO

Haruka had thoughts of telling the world about Japanese culture during her time spent studying and working in the US. Soon after returning to Japan,  she founded MIKOTO with her sister in 2006. They created their original concept, “international Wabijin” and started their business based mainly on kimono-related services.

Proposing a lifestyle with kimono, they hosted yukata parties in Tokyo, a kimono dressing service, held kimono/English lessons etc. and proceeded to set up “i-Wabijin Online Salon”, a website written in English about Japanese kimono for their overseas audience.

After several years of founding Mikoto, to their surprise, the sisters discovered that their grandparents had owned Oshima Tsumugi kimono factory in Amami-oshima. (That was over 100 years ago!) They then felt an even stronger connection to kimono.  Today, Mikoto has a kimono coordinating team, and continues introducing the attraction of a life with kimono.

 

KIMONO-related experiences and License

– Yukata Sales and coordinating
– Learned Kokkaku Kitsuke(Sumi Sasajima’s method) Kimono dressing to other people at Aimasa Kimono Gakuin
3rd class of Kimono Kentei
– Kimono-related services and consulting at MIKOTO
– Proposing a lifestyle with Kimono

 

Import/Export of lifestyles of women

In 2013, the main theme of i-Wabijin Online Salon has shifted to lifestyles of women and recently started export/import of women’s lifestyles by introducing a lifestyle with kimono to the world and the lifestyles of women in the world to Japanese women.

Lifestyle management workshops and consulting are now one of the main domains and its feature is “to convert individuality to value, and to express yourself to the maximum”. International Wabijin is a woman who has a global vision but never forgets her Japanese identity. This is the main theme for international Wabijin’s lifestyle. Haruka is working on producing international Wabijin with a lifestyle management consulting and other activities.

Influenced by her parents’ profession to be involved with people’s life transitions, Haruka has felt something familiar to people’s life since a young age. She has also been hearing many women’s lifestyle stories from her college friends or business colleagues and this has given her a strong interest in the lifestyles of women.

Haruka has experienced some bumps and detours in her life, and sometimes she feels an invisible barrier in her mind and is uncomfortable which is brought about from Japanese society. She now reviews the fact that an enviable lifestyle doesn’t always fulfill one’s heart, and proposes a creative and happy lifestyle management and to value being more of oneself to Japanese women with HIROMI.

The encounter with HIROMI was at a yukata party hosted by MIKOTO. The first common keyword for the two of them was “KIMONO” but they both found that their real interest is “women’s lifestyles balancing with western and Japanese essences. Then they started lifestyle management together.

 

MY SON & DAUGHTER

Haruka is the mother of a 7-yr old son and a 4-yr old daughter.

She learned the great potential of human abilities by having some training program to flowering whole brain for her son in his 5 month old. He now has high concentration, good memory, a large vocabulary, good imagination and a droll sense of humor, and makes everyone laugh everyday! Her daughter is not less droll than her big brother, but is a sensitive and tough-minded girl.

Whilst continuing to raise her own children, she is seeking a better way to live. She has found that a woman has a big role and can be very influential to people, and sincerely wants to get involved with expanding the possibilities of women. That’s why she set up i-Wabijin Online Salon with original concept and started producing i-Wabijin helping to draw on women’s creative lifestyles.

 

DRAWING OUT WOMEN’S CREATIVITY

She has been extremely interested in education and became aware of the fact that “Education can change a person” through her own career business training., Specifically, she’s been utilizing Mindmap by ThinkBuzan for many years and found it takes advantage of developing creativity. She is qualified as an official mind map practitioner to utilize mind map to draw out women’s creativity.

 

CHARACTER

Optimistic, open-minded, curious, touchy-feely, active

 

HOBBIES

Doing lots of activities with her children, looking out at the sea, karaoke, eating out with friends, listening to music, playing the piano, kimono fashion, manga (Japanese comic books), reading books.

 

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