Kuniko Kanawa is an owner of Atelier Kanawa, the earth friendly studio which she offers traditional Japanese cultural services as a certified Kimono consultant, Kimono model, founder of Washington D.C. Kimono Club, Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan, and also a certified Shinto priestess.
In 2007, Kuniko officially became a certified Kimono consultant of All Japan Kimono Consultant Association after graduating from Sodo Reiho Kimono College. Since obtaining this certificate is approved by the Ministry of Education/Science and Economy/Industry, she has been offering the Kimono dressing services, Kimono photo shoot, instructing Kimono classes/workshops, and producing Kimono fashion shows/dressing demonstration, academic Kimono lectures and so on. She also works as a Kimono model, treasuring six years of classical Japanese dance training under Hanayagi style by the great instruction of Mme. Wakana Hanayagi sensei.
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. She occasionally participates Arts&craft shows. She has offered monthly classes/workshops at many venues such as Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. and Carrol County Arts Council, annually workshop at many Anime conventions. She currently accepts private students only.
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 can participate in Japanese seasonal cultural events in Kimono, attend Washington D.C. Kimono Clubs special workshops, and model at her Kimono fashion shows/dressing demonstrations.
In October 2015, Rev. Kuniko Kanawa humbly became a certified Shinto priestess through Ama-no-Iwakura-Jingu, the independent Shinto shrine in Horoshima prefecture. Through deeply pursuing the traditional Japanese culture because of her profession, she was naturally guided to this path to rediscover Shinto, the indigenous religion of Japan, a core heart / soul of Japanese culture / spirituality. Now she offers Shinto ceremonies / rituals, such as Shinto wedding, Shichi-go-san, Shinnen-sai / Hatsu-moude (New Year prayer), Seijinshiki(Coming of age ceremony) , Anime convention opening ceremony, Jomakushiki(Unveiling stature ceremony), Shokuju-sai(Planting trees), Omiya-mairi (first visit of Shinto shrine with a new born baby), and Misogi (purification practice which involves running water). She also offers Shinto lectures.