Putting on a kimono can be hard if no one has taught you how. There are places where you can take classes around the world. I will list their locations below. Kimono dressing classes are a fun way to learn how to get dressed in kimono with an expert who can help you get the details just right. But for those of you who can't make it to a class, here are somet Youtube videos I've been able to find to guide you through the process. 

The basic items you will usually need include: 



Hadajuban and nagajuban or a long skirt and thin top and tie-on collar

2 Obi Date Jime

3 koshihimo or one koshihimo and two korin belts. 

Obi Jime

Obi Makura

Below is a video I did myself trying to make kimono dressing look more fun and interesting. Use settings to slow it down if you're finding it too fast, or hit pause when you need to. 

Step one of kimono dressing involves padding your waist so that you will be able to breathe comfortably and also, you will be able to get the nice, clean lines of the classic kimono outfit. 

Step three involves putting on your kimono and setting the length to suit you using a special fold called an ohashori. This video shows you how to get a really neat look as you put on your kimono. 

How to tie a nagoya obi: 

Here is a video you can try if your obi is too short: 

Step two involves putting on your kimono underwear. The video includes a hadajuban as the first layer. but in a pinch, a kaftan or thin v-neckt-shirt plus a maxi dress or maxi skirt will do. 

Step four involves putting on an obi. How you do it will depend on what sort of obi you have. So I've selected videos of the three most common kinds being tied in the most common ways. 

How to tie a hanhaba obi: 
How to tie a fukuro obi: 
Here is another video you can try if you have two obi that are two small for you. (I made this video 8 years ago!)

There are also videos on how to put on men's kimono and hakama. 

Here is a list of places around the world where you can take kimono dressing lessons in English: 

Chi Chi Kimono: Calgary, chichikimono@gmail.com, 587-888-1307

Kabuki Academy: Seattle/Takoma, Washington, USA (Lessons anywhere via Skype) +1 (253)-564-6081



+61 (0)3 9639 0565

Kimono House: 131 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012, USA +1 212-505-0232

Kimono SK:  Los Angeles Studio: 11423 Emelita St., Suite 8 North Hollywood, CA 91601

Tokyo Office: 2-37-8 Sendagaya 5F Shibuya, Tokyo

(818) 646-8088

Kimono House: Level 2 'Nicholas Building', 37 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

(03) 9639 0565

Japaneasy: Level 4, 126 Russell st, Melbourne VIC,Australia 3000


Inspire Space Hiroo

+81 3-6450-4736

UME LUV75-14-4F Azachonai, Matsushima, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi Prefecture

+81 90-2849-3699

Asakusa Terakoya-i: Asakusa, Tokyo 

+81 80-3605-0369

Tokyo Cultural ExperienceHigashi Ikebukuro Station


Tokyo Kimono ExperienceDogenzaka Sakamoto Building 7F Business VIP Dogenzaka Sakamoto Building Shibuya 2-16-8 Dogenzaka 150-0043 (Only open on Monday)

Prime Toritsudaigaku Building 4F 1-5-6 Yakumo, Meguro-ku 152-0023 (Only open Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

+81 80-5048-9874

Kimono Rental & Dressing1-5-5 Nihombashi Muromachi | Kyorakutei, Coredo Muromachi 3, 3F, Chuo 103-0022, Tokyo Prefecture


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