If you want to have an ultimate kimono experience in Kagawa, look no further! This 2.5 hour session in Ritsurin Garden lets you casually enjoy traditional Japanese activities calligraphy and origami, and walk around the stunning Japanese-style garden, all the while wearing a gorgeous kimono. First you will browse through a large selection of colorful kimonos and pick your favorite one before getting dressed. Hair and make up is not included but touch-up tools will be provided, so feel free to use them. Wearing kimono is sure to put you in the mood to enjoy the long-held Japanese traditions. Now get started on a calligraphy experience! You can try writing your name in Japanese, or Japanese characters with positive meaning such as dream, love, or hope. To make it easier to do calligraphy in kimono, I’ll prepare a calligraphy pen instead of a real brush, so don’t be intimidated! After, I’ll teach you how to fold colorful origami into various shapes such as a crane to decorate your calligraphy work. While you’re at it, you can ask me any questions about Kagawa and I’ll gladly answer them all! You’ll then top off this experience by leisurely strolling around the gorgeous Japanese style garden full of perfect photo spots for about 90 min. Walking around this historical garden in a traditional kimono will transport you back 400 years to the Edo period!
I'm a kimono dresser and English teacher who is passionately promoting intercultural exchanges here in Kagawa. When I first moved to Kagawa, I became enchanted by the historic charm of Ritsurin Garden and decided to start a rental kimono business here, in the hope of offering many people an opportunity to experience the delight of strolling around this stunning garden in traditional kimono. As I spent 9 years in London, I'm fluent in English, so ask me anything and I can provide tons of useful info on what to do, where to visit, and where to eat in Kagawa!
A set of kimono a paint brush papper
Ritsurin Garden in Kagawa Prefecture is a Kaiyu style garden (a style of Japanese garden with a path around a pond) with more than 400 years of history, and one of the designated national special scenic spots. It has also been awarded the highest rank of three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan. If you plan to come to Shikoku Island, this is a not-to-be-missed destination.
*Hair & make up, park admission fee are not included in the price. *To prepare kimono, please inform us in advance of the participants' gender, size as well as the number of child participants
Kimono & Calligraphy in Japanese Garden