I watched “Memoirs Of A Geisha” and I was mesmerized with the idea of wearing a kimono. I planned a visit to Kyoto, wanting to wear a kimono to visit the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine. After doing some research online, I made a kimono rental reservation online with Yumeyakata on Gojo. I also booked my makeup appointment right after my kimono fitting.
On the day of rental, I showed up at the appointment time. First, I needed to choose my kimono from the racks. Then I was asked to choose the obi, the long wrap around the waist. I was afraid it would get chilly and I picked a light overcoat. After I had made my decision, I was shown to the dressing room. I undressed and stepped into different dressing stations. Each person would put the different undergarment and ties on me. The last step was the tying of the obi. It could be tied into a butterfly or a square. I opted for the butterfly. All bundled up, I was led to the beauty salon where I met up with my makeup artist. The whole process took about 2 hours. I was finally ready to leave for Fushimi Inari.
Hopping in and out of a taxi took some getting use to. It took me some time to walk up the steps at Fushimi Inari Shrine but I managed. My husband was the photographer of the day. Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the most iconic spots in Kyoto. Needless to say, it was frequented by an enormous amount of tourists. The sea of 1000 red Torii made an impressive backdrop. As I made my way up, scenes from “Memoirs Of A Geisha” started playing back in my brain. I was happy my concept worked out. It was definitely worth the effort. A memorable trip. A memorable experience. A memorable Kyoto.