The Japanese traditional kimono has remained the same basic construction for more than a thousand years. Until the beginning of Showa era, everyone in Japan was wearing kimono as daily garments, but it is not any longer. Since many people have done it for more than a thousand years, then it’s all the more fitting that we should be able to wear kimonos for all occasions. In addition to more formal occasions such as weddings, ceremonies and visiting shrines and temples, we should wear kimonos for simple walks, let’s say, or even enjoying a coffee at a café, or a stroll on embankments between rice fields and even at rugged coastlines. Let’s have a fun and exciting experience wearing traditional kimonos in the Japanese country side.
Long forgotten and unused kimono + Undiscovered Scenic Spots + People who love to travel and kimonos＝New connections to new places and values to long forgotten kimonos.
Our goal is to create a sustainable world by creating opportunities to use kimonos.
On this tour, you will wear traditional Japanese kimonos while learning how to sew handbags from recycled kimono fabrics. Then hopefully with your new beautiful handbags, you will walk through country roads in kimonos and have endless opportunities to take lots of photos! All Photos submitted to us will have the chance to be nominated and selected to be on the cover page of the monthly online magazine “Gekkan Iwa to Kimono”. Theme of Gekkan Iwa to Kimoto is rocks and kimonos. (*Photos are limited to images of kimonos and rocks.)
Arrive at our Japanese traditional home built more than 80 years ago to choose your favorite Kimono.
Our staff will assist you to dress in your chosen Kimono
Learn to sew a handbag from recycled Kimono or Yukata (casual Kimono) fabrics (either hand-sewing or by machine)
With your newly created handbag, you will go for a walk in the countryside and take pictures.
If you haven’t subscribed to our monthly online magazine, Iwa to Kimono, please do. For those not familiar with Iwa to Kimono, it is the online community magazine where interesting content and photos of kimonos and rocky rugged coastlines are shared by readers and the community. We use photos submitted and those of our own to edit and polish them to cover-page quality to upload onto Iwa to Kimono. It is currently available only online for subscription. There are numerous quality photos on Iwa to Kimono at the moment and our fans truly enjoying them. Many fans have regarded Iwa to Kimono as legendary for the high quality content it provides. It is updated and published on the 18th of each month. Iwa to Kimono is meant to be all aspects of our traditional kimono, including ceremonial and serious, yet modern, entertaining and funny; and we hope everyone finds it enjoyable. At the same time, we love to share and introduce the wonderful sights and beautiful scenes of our town, through our traditional kimonos, to the world. In additional to our tours and visits, we also host regular photography events. (Participants need to bring their own Kimonos. Please check our Facebook page for more detail.)
We also have for purchase household items made of recycled Kimono and Yukata Meisen silk in modern retro patterns. We hope once you visit us, you will find enjoyment in all our traditional products in your daily and modern lives.
Our founder, Ryoko, truly loves Kimono and the simple nature the countryside offers. And through our blog Ryoko shares her passions for kimonos, her daily countryside life and styles, in addition to the enjoyment of remaking and reinventing new works through photos. We will also be announcing events and activities on our blog, including photoshoot scenes of our monthly online magazine, Iwa to Kimono.