KIMONO’S & CHERRY BLOSSOMS
April 2017 – We had a 1 night layover in Narita, and decided to make the absolute MOST out of being in Japan for the most beautiful time of year – CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON!
Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo generally come out from Late March to Early April every year.
Depending on which part of Japan you are visiting, the blossoms may be out earlier/later and obviously the weather plays a large part in this aswell.
Check out this website for an idea of the seasons in different parts of Japan :-
The cherry blossom season is relatively short. Full bloom (mankai) is usually reached within about one week after the opening of the first blossoms (kaika). Another week later, the blooming peak is over and the blossoms are falling from the trees. Strong wind and rain can cut the blooming season even shorter.
Sakura (“cherry blossom”) is currently one of the most popular names for girls in Japan.
Up until recently, it was rarely used as a name, because cherry blossoms fall quickly from the tree and it was felt to be a bad omen that the child would die young.
Kimono Try on in Narita
If you are like me, and LOVE finding new and exciting things to do in places then this is a MUST on any layover to Narita.
Opening Days & Times:
Wed,Thu & Fri 10am – 3pm
Take the local shuttle bus to Narita Station. Once at the station, head along the main road which takes you to the Temple – Omotesando Road.
On your way, before you start heading down the hill you will come across a clock tower on the right hand side of the road (if you have followed these directions)
And if you see the souvenir/kimono shop you have gone too far!
The sign is very small, and you have to go down the little alley way to get there.
Look out for this Clock Tower and it is right next door.
The Store Front looks like this:
And the ladies that help dress you speak amazing English !!
The Kimono Try On Experience is amazing!
I didn’t know how much actually goes into putting these things on!
A Kimono has T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. Kimono are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right (except when dressing the dead for burial) and secured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back. Kimono are generally worn with traditional footwear (those wooden looking jandals) and split-toe socks.
All of us girls had to have a number of flannels etc added to us prior to the Kimono’s being fitted in order to get rid of any womanly curves.
Traditional Japanese Kimono’s can easily exceed over $10,000USD depending on the materials used etc. So I thought we were extremely lucky to be trusted to try these on for the small amount of 500YEN and be able to take them for a walk for a few hours and numerous photos – an absolute must do experience!
The amount of people that complimented us throughout our day was overwhelming – we truly felt like Princesses!
Heres a few photos from the day:
And here is a snippet of what the day entailed 🙂