Kimono Making – H.I.S. Experience
Forget knee high socks, Gothic Lolita platforms and bubblegum pink minis. For a more traditional take on Japanese fashion, look no further than the national dress: the kimono. From the exquisite fabrics to the iconic cut, the kimono is an enigmatic but enduring symbol of Japan.
To probe beneath the pleats, take part in a kimono-making workshop in Tokyo. During a visit to Tadaaki Nezu’s workshop, visitors can learn about the intricate dying techniques behind the delicate fabrics, before trying their hand at making a sample. Following the class, visitors are dressed up in cotton yukata kimono, complete with wide obi band, and taken on a tour of the atmospheric lanes of the traditional Asakusa district of the city.
The tour is organized by H.I.S. Experience, which offers a wide range of cultural workshops with specialists across Tokyo, from calligraphy, taiko drumming and ninja fighting to ceramics, manga comic drawing and kite-making. Kimono workshops last three hours and cost Y19,000 for those who want to keep their yukata, or Y14,500 to simply borrow one.