Hi, I’m answering questions from Youtube comments as usual 🙂
Q. How much thus it cost to wear a kimono as a tourist in Japan?
A. https://kr-aki.co.jp/user_data/english this says “Adults ¥6,480 (yukata for ¥5,400)” for rental kimono. If you buy ready-made kimono, it would be like 20,000 to 40,000 roughly totally at like https://tansuya.jp/shop/kanto#Tokyo-West . If you buy made–to-order kimono, it’ll be like 70,000 yen and more, at like http://www.kimonosugata.info/ .
Q. Is it possible to rent a kimono in Osaka?
A. Yes, I saw some shops by googling “osaka kimono rental” 😉
Q. Fancy. looks sharp. does kimono get hot?
A. thanks. Yes, in summer I’m hot when I wear all of Juban, Kimono and Haori. But when it’s hot, you don’t have to wear everything. You can wear only Kimono if it’s cotton or linen, in summer. Or you can wear Yukata (casual kimono that used to be pajama).
Q. Thank you. About size, if I have a large juban then should I get a large kimono? Is the kimono longer?
A. Sure 🙂 Yes, basically kimono should be longer than Juban. It’s a little embarassing to show juban from kimono’s sleave and hem. But if the kimono is too big, that’s what you should avoid most. We should think of the balance.
Q. What’s the difference between kimono and yukata?
A. Yukata originally used to be used as pajama after bath, in Edo era. Nowadays it’s worn when it’s hot, especially in traditional events such as watching fireworks and dance festival (Bon-odori). Yukata can be used only for a casual situation as it originated as pajama. Kimono is worn in every situation except for the above, and it’s used in casual and formal both.
When it comes to fabric and color, tipical yukata is made of cotton, though recently linen is also used. And combination of white and navy are used in typical yukata often. Many other kinds of fabric and color are used for kimono.
Even Japanese wonders what the difference between yukata and kimono is.
In summer, many japanese wear yukata for watching fireworks and dance festival, but usually don’t wear kimono, that is sad for me.
I myself wear kimono and go to Starbucks usually, and the staff asks me if I have such events like fireworks. Many Japanese people already can’t tell the difference…
My activity is to make kimono more popular among normal Japanese people.