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Wear a Kimono or Yukata and take a stroll through the wonderful cityscape of Nagoya! Wearing a Kimono or Yukata is the dream of many people traveling to Japan. In Nagoya, you will be dressed in a beautiful traditional Kimono (or in summer in a Yukata).
Walk the marvelous sites of Nagoya dressed in your Kimono and take many pictures to remember the experience.
Start between 11:00 and 12:00 (please return to the studio by 15:00)
English: Basic ★☆☆☆☆
Japanese: Native ★★★★★
Wear a Kimono and take a stroll through the wonderful cityscape of Nagoya!
Our staff will welcome you to the Cockney Kimono studio where you will first choose your favorite Kimono and Obi (belt). We will be happy to recommend an Obi that best matches your chosen Kimono.
Another way to personalize your Kimono is by selecting the way your Obi will be tied. There is a wide selection of beautiful arrangements, so choose the one you like best.
Now it’s time to get dressed. We recommend you wear a white tank top and maybe some shorts, so you won’t be in your underwear while being dressed.
While dressing we will happily share Japanese wardrobe history, and Japanese and Nagoyan culture with you. If you have any questions about Kimono don’t hesitate to ask and we will do our best to answer (please note that the level of English is basic).
We will teach you things like the importance of ‘Wabisabi’ when dressing in a Kimono, the difference between a Kimono and Yukata, and the orientation of the Kimono’s collar.
Kimono dressing always starts with the socks, as it will be difficult to put them on after you are dressed. Next comes the Nagajuban, the underwear of the Kimono. On top of that, you will finally get to wear your selected Kimono.
Putting on a Kimono is not like wearing jeans and a t-shirt and it takes some practice and skill to put on a Kimono correctly. We will do everything for you, you just enjoy the moment.
After your Kimono is tied in place it’s time to tie your Obi around your waist and then decorate it with some beautiful accessories like a scarf or brooch.
The last part is the shoes, and you are ready to explore Nagoya dressed in your Japanese Kimono.
We are happy to give you recommendations of things to do in the vicinity and even have a map prepared for you. But if you prefer, feel free to take the subway to any other spot in Nagoya you would like to visit.
After walking around Nagoya please return to Cockney Kimono by 15:00 to get undressed and transform back into your usual self.
We are waiting for you at beauty salon Cockney Hair & Beauty where you will find the Cockney KIMONO dressing studio.
You will first choose your favorite Kimono or Yukata and a matching Obi (belt). We will happily help you select an Obi that matches your Kimono.
Once you have selected the Kimono and Obi, choose how you want the Obi to be tied. Accessories make your clothing even more personalized. You can choose your favorite Obiage (scarf) or brooch as well.
We will introduce you to many different aspects of the Kimono culture, such as it’s history. You will learn the difference between Kimono and Yukata and important steps in the process of wearing a Kimono.
Now it’s time to get dressed. Starting with the socks, putting on the Kimono underwear and then the Kimono itself. Last comes the Obi and the accessories you have selected.
After getting dressed it is time to explore Nagoya dressed in your Kimono and take lots of pictures. Since this is not a tour, we will not guide you around the city after dressing but we’ll happily give you tips on where to go.
Please return to Cockney Kimono by 15:00 to return your Kimono or Yukata.
We love offering in-person dressing experiences to Japanese and foreign visitors as well as Kimono dressing classes for beginners in person and even online.
We believe the best thing about Kimono is its ability to connect people across generations and cultures. I will be happy to coordinate your Kimono, Obi, and various accessories depending on whether you want to look casual, fun, or cute.
Let’s enjoy Kimono together!