I always regretted not trying out a kimono on my last visit in Japan, especially when seeing so many nice kimonos in Kyoto's Hanamikoji Dori. Therefore this time I searched for a good kimono rental store before coming to Fukuoka and finally I can have the experience of wearing kimono in Japan. The kimono rental store is in Futsukaichi, three train stops (18 minites) from Hakata station in Fukuoka.
The reason I chose this one is that it's close to Dazaifu region, so that I could wear it in Dazaifu and some scenic sites besides it. I didn't know if the reservation was necessary but I made one just in case, turned out it is really important to make one.
There aren't that many staff working there. It has been a super cold winter for Kyushu. Dazaifu region is among the mountains, so the temperature was even lower, around 4-5 degree Celsius. When I received the confirmation mail, they considerately reminded me to wear something warm underneath, in order not to feel too cold in kimono.
The rental shop is located in a shopping center, which you can easily recognise when you get out of the train station "Nishitetsu-Futsukaichi", the shop is open from 10 am. I made the reservation at 10 am, the personal welcomed me with a card written my name.
Inside the shop, there are many different kimono sets to choose from, for rental or for a photo shot. The price varies from the kimono textures and types.
There are so many different kimono patterns and colors. It was difficult to choose one from them. I like the ones with multiple color and big flowers, so I chose this piece. After selecting the kimono you like, flowers clips and kimono bag can be chosen. Here below is my choice, what do you think of it?
As for the hair style, I couldn't do the hair set because I didn't make a reservation a week in advance, which made me a bit disappointed at first as it looks always better to tie the hair when wearing kimonos. Luckily I found a simple hair tutorial on Youtube. It looks like this, better than nothing I guess.
Putting on a kimono was not easy at all. The lady who helped me putting on the kimono prepared a lot of belts. I think I had to put on a slip called the "juban" beneath the actual kimono. Then I need to put on some extra material about your waist and tie them really hard. I couldn't remember how many layers she put my waist in total, haha.
But when it was done, the belt felt quite hard and heavy. It was really interesting to see how different to put a kimono on. You might think those ladies in kimono look elegant. I agree, when walking in komono, it was hard to walk in big steps, let alone running, lol. I felt more lady-like the moment I wear it.
如果樱花季或者红叶季来，可能选小纹更适合吧，现在冬天还是选大花吧！选完了和服，被店里的姐姐带进去换装。我也算见识到了穿和服的复杂。首先要穿一层打底，然后帮两层腰带，然后穿和服，再绑两层腰带，最好腰封，再加3层腰带。这样下来，腰那一块变得硬邦邦的，很有意思。穿好了和服，可以选一个搭配的和服包，还有戴在头上的花朵，我又选花了眼。 穿上了和服，走路去太宰府，拍了两张照。果然一穿上和服，感觉人都变得淑女起来，我这样平时走路如风的，也好像瞬间温柔起来了 ^_^