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Behind the Scenes with Yumi Katsura

Yumi Katsura has been a designer for bridal fashion since the 1960s.  She opened her first shop in Akasaka in 1964 and, since then, has accumulated a lot of experience in her industry.  Over the years, she has seen many changes in business, trends, and personal life.  Now, she wants to share her experiences through her new book, Yumi Katsura:  Behind the Scenes.

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Yumi Katsura wedding store

I attended the book launch on December 13, 2019.  During the afternoon, I learned a lot at Yumi’s salon in Nogizaka, Tokyo.  To help in the book’s creation, she invited a very diverse group of women from different countries.  They wrote nine short stories about her.  Each touched upon her memories, business spirit, and personal life, including life with her late husband.

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Yumi Katsura floral wedding dress

The book was well overdue.  Even though she has reached the fashion world’s very heights, this will be her first book in English!  All her previous works were in Japanese.  It is something her fans overseas will finally be able to enjoy.


She told us why she became a western-style wedding dress designer during the launch.  It was a very surprising reason.  She surveyed many female university students to find out what they wanted.  In those days, women wore kimonos at their weddings.  But, with more girls marrying foreign servicemen, they wanted the new culture.  It looked beautiful to them.

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Yumi Katsura and her writers

But the launch wasn’t only about the book.  We also got a tour of her salon.  Many of the dresses we saw were very beautiful, and you could see how much work had gone into creating them.  It would have been great to photograph them worn by some real models.  I have a lucky feeling that will happen soon!

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Yumi Katsura at book launch

Yumi’s book is now available on Amazon. To see her website, click here. On it, you can see some exquisite creations. By the way, if you want to see some more of her creations, look at this article about a real fashion show. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

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