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My Kimono Wearing Experience

So… after 5 years in Japan, I finally had my first proper kimono wearing experience complete with hair-set and cute shoes. 
(・w・)

Komon (小紋)- a type of kimono

Komon (小紋)- a type of kimono

The type of kimono we wore is called komon (小紋) which means fine pattern. Komon is characterized by repeated pattern throughout the garment regardless of the size and density or whether the pattern is facing up or down.

Ray Collection -our kimono rental shop is located inside a hotel and is less than a 3-minute walk to Ginza Pedestrian Heaven

Ray Collection -our kimono rental shop is located inside a hotel and is less than a 3-minute walk to Ginza Pedestrian Heaven


It is considered as more casual and can be worn around town and for dinner in a restaurant but not for formal occasions such as wedding ceremonies. In other words, perfect for us foreigners to wear and explore the town around without standing out too much.

The process of a kimono fitting

The process of a kimono fitting

Other more formal kimono such as houmongi (訪問着) is textured so that the shoulder is the top for the patterns. Komon is more modest compared to its well-known sibling, the flashy furisode (振袖) with long sleeves. I have been living here for so long but I never knew there were so many kinds of kimono! Shame on me.

Hairset (ヘアセット)

Hairset (ヘアセット)

This is one of the part I enjoyed most – having my hair styled exclusively for wearing kimono by a professional. It’s not too hard to make a dango (bun on top of head) by myself for yukata but kimono requires a much more elegant hairstyle.

Their saloon is so spacious

Their saloon is so spacious

Link: Ray Kimono Collection, kimono rental & dressing at Ginza, Tokyo.


  
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Teng from Malaysia, is a graduate student studying in Aichi-ken.

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