Dressing up in kimono

One of my favourite things to do in Japan is playing dress up in kimono. And it’s not only for women. Men can also look very dashing in a traditional kimono coat and hakama’ (formal pants). Quite a change from the guys in yukata that you could see in a previous blog post, don’t you think?

two gaijin wearing kimono

Two gaijin wearing kimono and hakama

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14 thoughts on “Dressing up in kimono

    • Yes, it’s difficult to find things our size here, especially for my husband. Did you also notice that my kimono is too short below the obi? Normally a piece of the kimono should peep out under the obi but the kimono length didn’t allow for that. Fortunately the kimono teacher who dressed me is very skilled and she could ‘cheat’ a little to make the kimono fit anyway.

  1. Nice traditional kimonos and very traditional facial expressions too: in many Japanese photos I’ve seen, it’s common for the girl to be smiling and for the man to wear a serious face!

    • I hadn’t stopped to think about that but now that you mention it… The ‘correct’ facial expressions are a complete coincidence though. We’ll make sure to look like that in all our kimono photos from now on 🙂

  2. Wowwwwwww!!!!!!!!You guys look amaizing!!!!!! It fits him very much.Wonder how Mrs. H did to a tall guy like him to dress such a nice way!!!

    • She had her work cut out for her. The hakama wasn’t his size and she told me that she had to apply a special technique to make it fit. Dennis’ legs look a lot shorter than normal.

    • Ik ben aan Dennis vergeten vragen hoe comfortabel zoiets is. Voor een kimono geldt in elk geval het principe ‘wie mooi wil zijn moet pijn lijden’. Vrij adem halen is niet echt een optie met zo’n strakke band rond je ribben gebonden. En de bijpassende sandalen zijn ook niet bepaald comfortabel.

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