40 x TokyoT-minus 38 days and counting.  Today’s birthday trip wish is to rent a…

Kimono (着物)

When I was little my Grandfather presented me with a happi coat he picked up during one of many excursions to Japan.  I cherished that happi coat and wore it until it literally disintegrated.  It was nothing more than a very simple cotton robe, but in my imagination it was a flowing silk masterpiece worthy of a geisha.  I would complement it with a pair of wooden geta, clacking teeth and all, that my Grandmother gave me around the same time.  The geta sadly didn’t last as long simply for the fact I outgrew them quickly (curse you big feet).

tokyo kimono hime

I haven’t had occasion to wear kimono, although that is changing now that I attend more Japanese events in NYC.  I have several kimono in my collection, I do not have all the accessories needed to pull together a complete ensemble.  My goal in Tokyo is to fill the gaps so that I have at least one complete komon look with some modern touches.

Where to Rent Kimono

But even more exciting for me is I want to wear kimono on my birthday.  I still need to do more research but there are several places where you can rent kimono for the day and they will assist you with getting dressed. Here are the links I have come across so far:

kr-aki.co.jp/english
english.kimono-sakaeya.com
87-goyomi.com
ark-rent.co.jp/e_page
kimono-sakaeya.com/english
toukaisou.com/kimono.html

taisho hime kimono

Where to Buy Kimono

As for where to buy vintage kimono this is what I have discovered:

Hayashi Kimono
International Arcade.
Tel: 03-3591-9826.
Open daily 9:30am-6:30pm.
Nearest station: Yurakucho

Oriental Bazaar
Tel: 03-3400-3933.
Open daily 9:30am-6:30pm. Closed Thursday.
Nearest stations: Harajuku or Omotesando

Daimaru Department Store
Tel: 03-3212-8011.

Morita Antiques
Tel: 03-3407-4466.
Open daily 10am-7pm.
Nearest station: Omotesando

Links:  Togo Shrine Flea Market  |  Article on Flea Markets

Can you recommend additional flea markets or stores in Tokyo that carry good kimono for sale?

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★ Update ★ – During our trip we did rent Kimono.  My friend who lives in Tokyo helped make the arrangements.  This shop also did our hair and make up too!  It was perfect.  Check them out for yourself:

Roppongi Hanagoyomi  3-9-11 Roppongi