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  A holiday trip in Japan wouldn’t be complete without trying “kimono” on. Kimono is a Japanese tradition …

 

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A holiday trip in Japan wouldn’t be complete without trying “kimono” on. Kimono is a Japanese traditional garment. It is a T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the edge falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. Kimonos are often worn on special occasions like ‘Shichigosan’ (The day when children in Japan wear kimono for the first time), Graduation Ceremony, Wedding Ceremonies, Tea Ceremony, etc. There are several kinds of kimono and one should wear the proper kimono according to each occasion. Kimono is paired with paired with a traditional wooden slippers and white split-toe socks.

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When wearing a kimono, one should observe kimono etiquette.

BASIC KIMONO ETIQUETTE:

  1. You should maintain good posture.
  2. Don’t raise your arms or make wild movements. Kimono sleeves are supposed to be just above the wrist most of the time if not always.
  3. Keep your feet close to each other and try not to make any big steps.
  4. Avoid staining your kimono.
  5. Be conservative.

It might be a little difficult to follow the kimono etiquette especially for first-timers but this is how you do it. Following Japanese tradition will be a great experience to every foreigner and making mistakes is unavoidable but making the same mistake several times is a shame.

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If you want to try Kimono on, there are a couple of kimono rental shops in Tokyo and around Japan. Prices and conditions depend on each shop. Some shops offer kimono rental for a cheaper price but you can only stay inside the studio and have a picture taken. Other shops rent out kimonos in a more expensive prices but you can wear it for a couple of hours outside the shop and roam around Tokyo.

 

SOME KIMONO RENTAL SHOPS IN TOKYO:

Omotenashi Nihonbashi

Address: Coredo Muromachi 3, 3F 1-5-5 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Access: Mitsukoshimae Station Exit A4

Phone: 03-3242-2334

Hours: Saturdays, 10:30 am-3:30 pm

Rental cost starts at: 5,500 yen

 

Aki Kimono Rental

Addresses: 

Shibuya (15-14 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku) 

Ginza (3/F, 8-3-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku) 

Ikebukuro(1-13-24 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku)

Phone: 03-3476-3341 | 03-5568-0529 | 03-6416-0529

Hours: 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Rental cost starts at: 6,480 yen

 

Asakusa Shichihenge

Address: 2-29-21 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access: Asakusa Station

Phone: 03-5830-7100

Hours: 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Rental cost starts at: 3,300 yen (2,800 yen during summer months)

 

Miiko

Address: 2/F, 1-18-9 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access: Asakusa Station

Hours: 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Rental cost starts at: 4,000 yen