~KIMONO REDISCOVERED: Kasane no iro~
Good morning! (At least here in Kyoto.) This is Takigawa-san again. Today, I will be promoting a special merchandise that is available at our hotel, both for guests and those simply interested in this unique souvenir!
When you hear the word “Kyoto”, there’s a fairly good chance you imagined people walking around in: you guessed it— kimonos. That is exactly what we are offering at our hotel, but even better! How much better and why, you ask? Before I get down to that, let’s show you how it looks like at first.
Pretty, isn’t it? 🙂
But I can totally hear you say, “Ok. So it’s a kimono and that’s cool. But what’s so special about it? They sell the same stuff all over the place in Kyoto.” Mm hmm. That’s trueeeee.
What makes Kasane no iro so special is how super duper easy it is to wear it!
What you need to complete this outfit are just these 2 items: the Kasane no iro brand kimono (￥15,000+tax), and a specialized obi (￥5,000+tax), also designed by Kasane no iro.
This is how it goes:
- Put on the kimono with the left side in front. Then, you pull and wrap the thin long belt attached to the kimono around your torso and tie it into a knot.
- You hold the obi (the thick belt) in front of your belly. The obi has a slit on one end, so you pull the long end through the slit, to tighten it around your torso.
- After that, you pass the long end from below and let it come out at the top. The hanging bit adds an elegant yet playful taste to your obi ‘knot’ 😉
- Finally, you just move the knot to your back, and voilà! You’re all set!
(I wish my yukata, i.e. my summer kimono, was this easy to wear!)
While Kasane no iro’s biggest selling point is how easy it is to put on, my personal opinion of it is that how versatile and creative you could be with the kimono and obi.
The kimono comes with a long thin belt already attached to it, which allows you to fasten it comfortably around your torso; because of that, it also looks great worn as a looser dress when combined with a thinner belt of your own. The special slit obi can also be combined with any of your favourite kimono you found elsewhere, and it works great when you don’t have the time to create fancy knots but you still want the nice look!
Here’s a contemporary look that’s hard to get with other kimono’s! 😉
If you’re interested, you can also try it on at our hotel and even rent it out for only 2,000 yen! It’s totally up to you if you want to make it yours forever or make it a memorable part of your trip. 😉 I’d show it off to my friends and family if I were you!
That’s it for today, sayonara for now 😉
*THE HOTEL KIYOMIZU GION is best reserved from the official website, where the bookings are available at our cheapest prices!
*Every night from 8-11pm, we are proudly hosting our guest-exclusive “Happy Hour” events at our lobby. As a guest, you can enjoy drinks such as wine, whisky and sake for FREE! We the staff hope that you will join us in friendly chats between travelers and guest from all around the world! (^^)