Kimono: the ultimate Kyo-craft to get in the old capital
The most famous historical kimono in Japan is probably the “junihitoe” of the Heian period (794–1185 AD), which was a 12-layered kimono worn by the women of the highest rank in the court. Although the name would imply that the kimono was always 12-layered, sometimes it actually had up to 20 layers, and sometimes fewer.
These 12-layered kimono can still be seen in Kyoto today at such festivals as Aoi Matsuri, but of course not in everyday life. Although kimono have lost their popularity as everyday garments in most of Japan, Kyoto is one of the places where some people still prefer to wear kimono, especially when it comes to special occasions. For example, the mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Kadokawa, can most often be seen in a kimono.
So, now that we have looked at the history of kimono, where can you actually buy kimono in Kyoto?
So, are you ready to go get a kimono?