Japan 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.
You can see what a complex business it is tying an obi – it generally has to be done by someone else.
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.
I asked this guy why he decided to wear a yukata. ‘My girlfriend made me,’ he said.
This lady was beautifully dressed in a traditional kimono with a lovely kanzashi hair decoration.
But my favourite of the lot was these two ladies in antique kimonos – they definitely get my fashion prize!
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.