Kyoto Travel, Pretty Kimono in beautiful Kyoto/ Kimono Rental Shop/ Kimono Selection Tips

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Travel in March 2019

The idea of going to Kyoto during the cherry blossom season was dominant to me, so I went on a trip to Kyoto. This time, I decided to try on the kimono. Hanbok(Korean traditional Costume) is a familiar thing I've seen since I was a kid(because I am Korean), but kimono was not. I have just seen them in Japanese movies and dramas a few times. Therefored I had no idea about kimono, so I prepared for the trip and googled it a lot. And I would like to take picture. It was only a few days before my departure that I could get a photographer to take a snapshot. Lucky......!

From what I've experienced, if it doesn't cost a lot of money, and if possible, I recommend you to rent a beautiful and colorful kimono. when you borrow a kimono, you don't have to feel price sensitive too much. Even if it costs a little more, it's better to choose something so pretty. Of course, it doesn't mean you have to choose the expensive one. Where can I get that attention? We don't have many times to wear kimono, so let's try the beautiful pretty thing on opportunity like this.

In addition, if you have a long hair, I recommend you pay more and also have your hair arranged with professional skill. Long hair doesn't match for kimono. A tidy and stylish up style suits kimono best. I went out in kimono, so many foreigners came up to me and asked me to take pictures with me. Maybe they thought I was Japanese. But many request like this was not once or twice. My photographer was even surprised by the many requests.

For your information, my photographer is a veteran, Jae-il Kim, who lives in Japan and works for a Japanese agency. What he said...

1. He said, "It's unusual when I'm shooting, and sometimes foreigners ask me if they can take a picture with my guest"

2. The photographer showed great satisfaction with my styling and asked me where I borrowed the kimono, the information about the kimono shop, and whether I did my hair and makeup myself.

Then let's summarize my kimono experience!

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Kyoto Kamogawa Branch (near Kiyomizu Gōjō Station)

I visited Kyoto Kamogawa branch, which is close to Kiyomizu Gojō Station (one minute walk). That's why I chose this branch is the review of actual users. I was also expected to wear a kimono here, because everyone in the review said the kimonos there were pretty and the staff were kind.

I checked Googlemaps at Kiyomizu Gojo Station on Kaihan Line and found it was only a minute's walk from station. It said Kimono Rental Shop on the third floor of a building with a small mart on the first floor.

I was supposed to be there at 11 a.m. But, I got there at 11:15 because I got on the wrong train. Fortunately, the staff understood that I had arrived a little late. Tourists unfamiliar with Japanese trains system often arrive later than scheduled, it said. When I arrived, the store was really crowded. Those who are choosing kimonos. Even those who just left the store after all the arrangements were made. I took a pre-printed voucher and showed it to the counter staff, and the employee who checked my name gave me a bag to put my luggage in and told me the kind of kimono I could choose.

1. Choosing a Kimono

Depending on the type of reservation you have made in advance, the kimono you can choose will vary. The expensive kimonos were definitely Furisode. Furisode, characterized by its long sleeves, was as expensive as it is very colorful. What I chose was a luxury kimono. The range of female kimonos available at the time was as follows.

Women's Kimono (Basic)

Women's Luxury Kimono

Women's Luxury Furisode Kimono

I chose a luxury kimono among them, and the cost-benefit satisfaction was very high. After wearing the kimono formally, everyone around me looked at it and said it was pretty. Of course, I recommend Furisode if you can afford it, but I recommend luxury kimono when it comes to high cost-effectiveness. I don’t much recommend the basic design of kimono.

I decided to wear a kimono clothe after thinking for a long time in front of the luxury kimono section. A little bit sad is that I couldn't choose after trying it on. This is because it takes at least 20 minutes to wear with Kinomo master. That's why You have to choose your favorite kimono cloth and place it on your body to determine if it suits you well.

And here's an important tip for choosing Kimono clothes!

★ Tips for choosing a pretty kimono!

① Just choose something glamorous when choosing traditional clothes.

The meaning of glamour here is colorful. The more you choose the deep and colorful clothes you've never tried before, the brighter your face looks. Such as clear pink, red, blue, and green, for example. Also, choose a colorful color, but choose patterns that match it. It is better to choose contrasting patterns, whether large or small. In fact, many people choose light pastel tones, which are pretty to look at, but when worn in real life, it is difficult to create a colorful or sunny atmosphere.

② If you are unfamiliar with colorful colors and choose simple colored fabrics, then design patterns have to be glamours

If the color of a kimono is not as strong as white, beige, or light pink, the colorful pattern is good match. The colorful patterns I'm talking about here are not just the ones of big design. Regardless of the size of the pattern, choose one that has a large amount, or a mixture of colors and designs.

③ It is very helpful to understand your personal color.

A Kimono is an unseparated one-piece outfit. Personal color is important because it has the same type of design and color from top to bottom. Being diagnosed and aware of your personal color before wearing a kimono helps you choose a kimono that suits you without difficulty. My personal color is winter cool ton, so my goal was to choose a clear red. I just stood in front of Kimono and I didn't really understand what did suit for me. So I chose kimono based on two things: red color + a fancy pattern

2. Choosing an Obi

After selecting a kimono, you should choose the obi that tighten the waist of the kimono. This is also an extension of choosing a kimono that suits you. When I made the final choice of kimono, the staff led me to the obis section. There were obis of different designs and colors as well as kimono. The question was which one best suits my kimono. Choosing an obi was not easy, either.

I put more than ten obis on my chosen kimono. I didn't feel anything at all, It was hard to imagine myself wearing a kimono because it was my first time wearing a kimono, and it was even more difficult to choose a obi that matched the kimono. the employee asked me, "What do you think of this red?" She handles dozens of kimonos and clothes every day. I decided to believe her recommendation.

When I picked both Kimono and Obi, I got a number card with my socks. After waiting for a moment, another staff who dresses customers in kimono called my number. I packed my suitcase and moved to the dressing room. The staff took care of the clothes. There were two kimono masters in the dressing room who dresses customers in kimono

3. Wearing Kimono

Hanbok is never a simple dress to wear. But when I tried on Kimono, Kimono was more difficult to wear than hanbok. The two kimono masters had no time to rest dressing tourists like me in kimonos. First, take off your clothes and wear kimono-style thin underwear. No, they dressde me up. When you wear Kimono’s underwear, they tie your chest part very tight with a white string, and then you wear a kimono-style long underwear in a slightly thicker form. Then, they tighten your upper and lower abdomen with a white strap again. I was a little embarrassed because It was so tight around my body and hard to breathe at the moment. Of course, it was nothing compared to when the obi was in the back. After a few rounds of tying up with white strings, I could wear a selected kimono. In the process, they neatly arranged all the lines of my clothes and after that I could wear a kimono. Only when this whole process is over can we see the wearing of Kimono. Then I put on a waistband. At this time, it was the most difficult to breathe. And finally, I could wear an obi on top of it. The whole process to this point takes about 20 minutes. This means it takes 20 minutes even with the expert's skill. . . . .! I couldn't wear this by myself.

One point is that once you wear a kimono, your movement becomes very uncomfortable. The body was immobilized to the point that it was impossible to bend your back. Therefore, you should wear socks in advance before wearing a kimono. Or you'll have to juggle to wear your socks.