Skip to main content
The event you were looking for has already taken place. Find many more events, tips and recommendations in Berlin's biggest event calendar on visitBerlin.com.

A body follows the kimono - it is shaped by it. Colour, pattern, fabric, the way a kimono (also kosode) is worn, changes the body in its movement. It makes the mind more attentive, the steps more limited and the movements more precise.


For more than 250 years during the Edo period, Japan was almost completely closed off from the rest of the world. This maritime closure led to relatively extensive cultural and artistic isolation. Until the late 19th century, most people in Japan knew neither the Western lifestyle nor Western clothing, and traditional everyday dress shaped people's bodies, thinking and aesthetics.

The artist Yuko Matsuyama works at the interface between sound and movement. She began traditional Japanese dance training with her mother at the age of two and completed her training in theatre at the Takarazuka Music School in Japan. Over the past three decades, she has performed in international productions of musical theatre, experimental music and contemporary dance.

Yuko Matsuyama presents an artistic approach to the cosode 花菖蒲藤菊模様小袖 from the Edo period and will find movements from the perspective of this artful cosode that will not only allow the audience to have a lively encounter, but also raise questions about museum exhibition practices and their limitations.

- 10,00 EUR per person
- Please book your ticket in advance online or at the box office in the foyer.
- Duration: 60 min
- German
- Wheelchair accessible
- Belongs to: Ethnological Museum and Museum of Asian Art

Buy ticket

Additional information

Our tip: Find good stories in good books, visit the shop at the Humboldt Forum, online now too!

Do you have a question about the Humbolt Forum, about your visit or an event? For your questions and for all other concerns please use the contact form below.