Elegant, stylish and oh-so Japanese – the kimono is perhaps the best-known item of traditional Japanese attire. Made from layers of long, flowing garments tied with a wide belt, kimono are elaborately decorated, long-lasting, and often rather expensive. It has recently become popular in Japan to wear kimono with a modern twist, and shortened hemlines, high heels, hair clips and other such alterations to the traditional style are common.
In HYPER JAPAN’s Culture Area, fans of the authentic traditional style can get their hands on vintage kimono and accessories, while those who prefer to spice up old fashions with a new twist will also find plenty to suit their taste.
Come listen to a talk on how the kimono espouses the Japanese spirit of “wa” (lit: harmony) by WASOUKAN CEO Noriyuki Ikeda, or visit the Kimono De Go booth where you can try on a kimono and have your photo taken! Traditional Okinawan outfits will also be making an appearance with the Ryukyu Buku Buku Tea Ceremony Akeshinono Kai’s demonstrations. Don’t leave without picking up your own kimono accessory at one of the many booths selling them! More of a DIY type? Then visit the HYPER Creative Studio and make your own!