Not Your Average Kimono Class...

Putting on a kimono can be hard if no one has taught you how. Kimono classes can be a fun and stimulating way of learning to wear kimono the traditional way. But something I and others have noticed is that times have changed! People want to feel comfortable and move freely, but still look great! So, my classes will be focussed on helping people find new, easier ways to wear kimono!

Class Plan: 

- Book by emailing TheRyugiya@gmail.com, with information about when you would like to take the class. I will reply with either a confirmation or a suggestion of a better time. 

- Arrive at class in Midtown Plaza with your $20, and hopefully a few friends who have $10 each! Bring any kimono items you want to learn about!

- I will explain ways you can wear what you have using things you probably have around the house. 

- Once we're all dressed, we can go for a tour around Daiso, where we can look at tools and accessories you can use to put kimono on, or wear with kimono. 

- We can go for a walk around Chinatown, where we can take photos together, or we can spend more time practicing kimono dressing. 

- We can have a light meal of sushi or other Japanese foods at Sushi-Jin. 

- Taking off kimono and folding it up. 

- If you want to know more, you can book another class, based on what you'd like to learn or see next. :)

My classes are going to be very non-traditional, focussing on helping people incorporate kimono into their existing wardrobe. 


Where is Midtown Plaza? 

246 Bourke Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000

 You'll see a Telstra Building at the Corner of Bourke and Swanston. Just to the left of it is a corridor where you can find Daiso, Chemist Warehouse down the escalator and many other shops at ground level. Follow the corridor till you see a green room full of table tennis tables. That is where I will hold class. :)

Want to skip classes and learn everything involved with wearing kimono traditional style? I've listed all the items and steps in videos below: 

The basic items you will usually need include: 

Kimono

Obi

Hadajuban and nagajuban

2 Obi Date Jime

3 koshihimo or one koshihimo and two korin belts. 

Obi Jime

Obi Makura

Getting these things usually involves searching on Etsy. 


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

JAPAN-AMERICA SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON, INC: 1819 L St NW B2 Washington, DC 20036

202-833-2210

+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

The Ryugiya (Me!): Midtown Melbourne, 246 Bourke Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000, TheRyugiya@gmail.com

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

0422-266-308 

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

tokyoculturalexperience@gmail.com

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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