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Experience kimono dressing and tea ceremony in Tokyo

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Would you like to wear kimono and join a tea ceremony?

Experiencing Japanese traditional culture is fun.

Actually, the number of international visitors who join those activities has increased.

The most popular experience is the kimono and tea ceremony.

It can be said that it is a program that allows you to experience most of the traditional Japanese culture at once.

 

In tradition, enjoy the sound of silence

Visit the tea room next Tokyo tower.

Kimono instructors and tea master and his or her assistant welcome you.

When you are ready to change, your kimono dressing starts.

It takes about 45 minutes including dressing and hair set.

Meanwhile, the instructor will explain the kimono.

After some break, the tea ceremony begins.

You have Japanese sweets and a bowl of powdered green tea called matcha.

And then, the tea lesson starts.

Yes, it’s your turn! Enjoy making tea!

Lastly the tea master closes the ceremony.

 

A lady from Mexico

Today’s guest was from Mexico.

Thank you for coming here on such a hooooot day!

She was so nice.

First, I helped her choose of “furisode” and its accessories while I was asking her preference.

She said “I like blue and purple”, so she selected a purple “furisode“.

She was very interested in kimono and asked me a lot of questions.

“What is this name? What for?”

“Oh, it’s used like that! I didn’t know that. I always thought how I use.”

That was “obi-ita” or an obi plate to keep the front of obi neat.

“What is “frisode“?

“It is a kind of formal kimonos worn by unmarried women mainly on Coming-of-age day.

Its sleeves are long.

Men used to put a love letter in a sleeve to ask a girl out in the Edo period from the 17th to the 19th.”

“Are there any differences between kimono for men and women?”

“Yes. Kimono for men is just-sized, on the other hand kimono for women is longer than the body,

so women have to tuck the extra fabric up around the waist, etc….”

“Does “geisha” wear an obi like this shape?”

“No she doesn’t.

An obi shape for “geisha” is simpler than that for “furisode“.

Obi shapes varies by occupations and kinds of  kimono.”

 

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After dressing, we took a photo. How beautiful!

 

The next was an experience of “sado” or tea ceremony.

At first, tried “seiza” or sitting on your legs!

When your legs go sleep, you can use a small chair.

Then you practice “ojigi” or the Japanese style bowing.

Our tea ceremony is usually conducted in guest’s mother language.

Kimono instructors and tea masters are National Government Licensed Guide Interpreters.

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Tea masters learned in the school of Kokusai sado. Guests are served a bowl of matcha tea with the master’s warm heart. After that the guest makes tea in the same manner.

 

Guests are served a bowl of matcha tea with the master’s warm heart.

After that the guest makes tea in the same manner.

 

How was the experience of kimono and tea ceremony?

“I was so impressed with respecting each other in the tea ceremony.”

“I don’t want to change into my clothes. I want to wear “furisode” all day!”

She understood the heart of tea ceremony.

“I want to wear “furisode” all day” is the best words for me.

That means “feeling so good in kimono”.

Thank you so much!

Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

After this program, we were talking about “What is this?” in Japanese, English and Spanish.

She speaks Spanish, but today she spoke English very fluently.

She studied English very hard.

Should I restart learning Spanish? I think it’s a good idea for me…

Thank you so much for your acceptance of photograph posting.

 

This experience program is being conducted in True Japan Tour, a pioneer of kimono and tea ceremony experience in foreign languages.

 

 

Wonderful guests from USA

着物と茶道体験は世界中からお客様をお迎えしています。中でも多いのはアメリカからのお客様です。

Today’s participants were from USA.

They were positive to enjoy this experience.

“Wearing kimono makes me feel like a princess.”

All women from overseas who want to wear “furisode” say so.*

That’s right!

You are all princesses.

They really enjoyed dressing “furisode” and doing their hair despite of taking a long time!

It was the first time for them.

We were happy with watching them.

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Left : “How is my tea?” “I like this!” Upper right : She is scooping hot water. Bottom right : She is whisking green powdered “matcha” tea.

The next experience was a tea ceremony.

It was also the first time for them.

But they quickly learned. They can did well!

After the tea ceremony, took a photo of all ladies. They gave us best smiles!! 

Thank you so much for your acceptance of photograph posting.

 

The next guests were a newlywed. They visited a tea room during their honeymoon!

They wear kimono and hakama before the tea ceremony.

Wow, they can have a wedding again in kimono, can’t they?

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Just dressed in “frisode”. Enjoy a wonderful experience. Find a new you!

 

I dressed “furisode” to the wife and do her hair up.

I had 45 minutes for all. it’s a little bit tight.

During dressing, I was talk about what kimono is and Japanese culture.

(Kimono instructors and tea masters are National Government Licensed Guide Interpreters.It is the big difference between general dressers and tour guides who can dress kimono to visitors.)

I really like to see smiling visitors with their satisfaction.

I’m so happy.

 

The newlywed like Japanese culture. They researched well about it.

That’s why they enjoyed a lot. Our staff, too.

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We said “say sushi!” and took a photo. We had a good time. Big smiles are showing it.

Thank you for your acceptance of your photos!

Thank you for joining this program!

We hope they had a good time in Japan.

Please come again.

We look forward to!

 

This experience program is being conducted in True Japan Tour, a pioneer of kimono and tea ceremony experience in foreign languages.

 

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都心や観光地に出向けばたくさんの外国人旅行者に出会うことができます。 多様な外国語が飛び交い、ここは日本?と思うこともしばしばです。 ゴールデンルートを巡る観光よりも日本文化を体験を希望する訪日外国人の方々がとても増えています。[…]

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