"Terakoya of Japan" experience course

One of the first things people think of when thinking about Japan is a Kimono.

Experience the wearing of a traditional Japanese Kimono, dressed by a professional in the art of Kimono wearing.

What Is A Kimono?

The Kimono is a Japanese traditional garment. The word “Kimono” in Japanese means a “thing to wear”. Kimono is worn in important ceremonies, festivals or formal moments. Kimono is considered as a very formal clothing.

Kimono are T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. Kimono are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right (except when dressing the deceased) and secured by a sash called an Obi, which is tied at the back. Kimono are generally worn with traditional footwear (Zori or Geta) and split-toe socks (Tabi).

What Kind Of Fabrics Are Used?

Traditionally, Kimonos are sewn by hand. The Kimono and Obi are traditionally made of silk, silk brocade, silk crepes and satin weaves. Modern Kimonos are widely available in less expensive easy-care fabrics such as rayon, cotton sateen, cotton, polyester and other synthetic fibers. Silk is still considered the ideal fabric.

What Is A Kimono Made Out Of?

Kimonos are traditionally made from a single bold of fabric called a Tan. Tan comes in standard dimensions, about 36cm wide and 11.5m longs, and the entire bolt is used to make one Kimono. The finished Kimono consists of 4 main strips of fabric, 2 panels covering the body and 2 panels forming the sleeves with additional strips forming the narrow front panels and collar.

Men’s Kimono

Men wear the Kimono most often at weddings, tea ceremonies and other very special or very formal occasions. Professional Sumo wrestlers are often seen in the Kimono because they are required to wear traditional Japanese clothing whenever appearing in public.

Hakama is the most popular Men’s Kimono style. A divided or undivided skirt resembles a wide pair of trousers, traditionally worn by men but contemporarily also by women in less formal situations. A Hakama typically is pleated and fastened by ribbons, tied around the waist over the obi. Men’s Hakama also have a Koshi Ita, which is a stiff or padded part in the lower back of the wearer. Hakama are worn in several Budo Arts such as Aikido, Kendo and Naginata.

Hakama are also often worn by women at college graduation ceremonies.

Kimono in the 21st Century

In the recent years, Kimono is worn less and less by the younger generation in Japan. It is only worn on special occasions such as college graduation ceremonies or at the coming-of-age ceremonies. But instead of the traditional Kimono, a less casual version called a Yukata is becoming popular among the younger generations. A Yukata is a casual summer Kimono usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric. And unlike the Kimono where you need professional help or special lessons to learn how to wear it yourself, a Yukata is very easy to wear yourself. The designs are normally Kimono-like but lately the designs have become more hip and young where you can find anime/character designs among the array of fashionable designs available. And the Yukata is the most popular style of Kimono for foreign tourists since it’s much more accessible and reasonably priced. If you visit a traditional Ryokan (traditional Japanese style inn), a Yukata will be provided for each guest to wear as room wear and to wear after the onsen (hot springs).

"Kimono dressing experience" Overview

Details Wearing "Kimono" of Japan tradition, will commemorative photo.
Required time1 hour to 2 hours
Participation possible number of people10 people to 15 people
CostWe will quote.
Traffic Bus pick-up possible (additional cost)
Experience RemarksProfessional dressing instructors will teach polite to contact.

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Inquiries about this experience

ContactTerakoya of Japan[Contact: Yoshida]
Address1-5-26 Imai-cho , Kashihara city , Nara

Guidance of Kashihara City and nearby hotels and B&B's also available.