Kimonos rule at Japan Matsuri 2014

Japan Matsuri 2014Japan Matsuri in Trafalgar Square gets bigger and better every year. Especially this year, with the Indian summer we’ve been having, which really brought out the crowds. A surprising number of people dressed the part in kimonos – everything from cotton yukata, the traditional wear for a summer festival, to richly decorated antique kimonos. That’s what I’ve focused on this year, so here’s my kimono fashion parade from Japan Matsuri.

Let’s start with a couple of kawaii girls in cotton yukata.

Japan Matsuri 2014

Japan Matsuri 2014

You can see what a complex business it is tying an obi – it generally has to be done by someone else.

Japan Matsuri 2014

It was nice to see a good selection of men in yukata too, though the choice of footwear ranged from proper Japanese zori and geta to trainers and boots. Ah well, it is autumn in England.

Japan Matsuri 2014

Japan Matsuri 2014

Japan Matsuri 2014

I asked this guy why he decided to wear a yukata. ‘My girlfriend made me,’ he said.

Japan Matsuri 2014

This lady was beautifully dressed in a traditional kimono with a lovely kanzashi hair decoration.

Japan Matsuri 2014

Japan Matsuri 2014

But my favourite of the lot was these two ladies in antique kimonos – they definitely get my fashion prize!

Japan Matsuri 2014

Japan Matsuri 2014

Japan Matsuri takes place every year in Trafalgar Square at the end of September – usually the last Saturday. If you missed it this year not to worry – plenty of time to get your kimono and your obi-tying skills ready for the next one.

Japan Matsuri 2014

17 thoughts on “Kimonos rule at Japan Matsuri 2014

  1. I really enjoyed seeing everyone dressed in kimono and yukata! I saw some really glamorous ones, wearing high heels and everything 🙂 It really would have been the perfect opportunity to wear the one you gave me, but I thought it was meant to rain 😦 hopefully next year!

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