Do a Kimono Fitting in Tokyo, Japan

Do a Kimono Fitting in Tokyo, Japan

Written by Annette White

Topics: Asia, BY DESTINATION., Japan

While traveling through the streets of Tokyo we saw some ladies and a couple of gentlemen donning traditional Japanese kimonos. I was intrigued. Were they as comfy as they looked? Luckily, our tour guide for the day had taken a year long class in order to learn how to properly fit a person for a kimono and on the day she taught us to make the most colorful sushi in her home she offered to do a special kimono fitting for both Peter and myself.

Shite kudasai hai – that’s “yes, please” in Japanese.IMG_1313 (800x533)

The process started with a layer of  padding. Women in kimonos should have a cylinder shape rather than the curvy figure known to be appealing in America. I needed a little extra padding just under my breasts because our guide, Tomomi, said that I have big boobs. Yep, those are the words that came from her mouth and I will never forget it, because that has never been said to me before. By anybody. Ever.

Apparently, B cup boobs are well-endowed in Japan. I like Japan.
Kimono Fitting in Tokyo, Japan Annette White doing a Kimono Fitting in Japan

After the padding was in place the strategic kimono fitting began. The cloth must be layered left over right (to remember say “leftover rice”), if you do it backwards you are dressing a corpse.

I can not be a corpse, there are too many things remaining unchecked on my bucket list.

After folding the fabric ‘leftover rice’, the bottom of the kimono needed to be inspected. It should be going straight down, reconfirming the cylinder shape and not bell out. Tomomi also made sure that the little exposed area on the back of my neck was perfectly straight as this section is supposed to be sexy. Who couldn’t use a little sexy? Then she checked the front to make certain I was fully covered with no wrinkles.
Kimono Fitting in Tokyo, Japan
Kimono Fitting in Tokyo, Japan

The obi, kimono belt, was then wrapped tightly around my upper waist which made me stand a little taller.

She expertly tied a decorative knot in the back.

I will admit that this attire was not as comfy as it looked while others were wearing it on the streets of Tokyo, but it kept me from slouching.

After my kimono fitting was complete, Peter got his chance too, which was a simpler process because the bow in the back did not have to be executed. Kimono Fitting Kimono Fitting in Japan Kimono Fitting

We were all dressed, ready for a festival or an evening at Kabuki Theater, which are the typical reasons the Japanese wear kimonos these days. Maybe we will just eat sushi instead.
Kimono Fitting in Tokyo Annette White getting a Kimono Fitting in JapanKimono Fitting in Tokyo, Japan

DETAILS: This experience was with a fabulous private tour guide. Tokyo Tours with Tomomi offers a variety of cultural options to choose from and you can easily design your own itinerary for a half or full day tour. We initially booked a half day, but quickly turned it into a full day when we realized how informative Tomomi was about Japanese culture.

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  1. Thanks! I picked out the white and purple flowered fabric kimono, but she did a wonderful job dressing me.

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