You wait for a good radio program and two come along at once. Mastering the Art of the Kimono is a look into Japan's dwindling kimono industry. I don't know why this saddens me but it does. Perhaps its because I should think it lovely to live in the 1880s -I would quite happily wander around with a parasol and huge layers of petticoats on underneath my dress, I imagine in this November weather it would be quite warm- and don't like seeing such traditions dying out (see an early post on Harris Tweed here ). I think perhaps though deep down I do conform to the image of Japan of women wearing furisode , samurai, tea houses and exquisite gardens, and I do not want this threatened by the likes of globalisation.