*Thank you for your interest! Applications have now closed and we will contact those who have been selected to take part by Wednesday 16th May.*
The Cultural Foundation for Promoting the National Costume of Japan is seeking foreign females to take part in a special one-day yukata (summer kimono) workshop on May 23.
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn all about the culture of kimono in Japan from leading figures in the community. Participants will be dressed in a specially selected yukata and study the entire process of wearing it; from dressing and hair arrangement to table manners and walking — all within the gorgeous surroundings of the Taiko-en gardens and estate in central Osaka.
The workshop includes a full-course kaiseki lunch (worth ¥6,500) at Taiko-en’s famed Japanese restaurant, Yodogawa-tei, as well as the chance to snap photos as you walk around the gardens. At the end of the workshop, you’ll even get to take your yukata and obi (sash) home with you — for free!
Participants will also be given free entrance to a second cultural event, a yakatabune (traditional barge) cruise tour along the O River on June 6 where they’ll get to show off their new yukata and put what they’ve learned into practice.
There are a limited number of spaces available for the workshop. To apply, fill out the form below. Participants will be selected based off of individual applications. We’ll contact those who have been selected by Wednesday, May 16.
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 9:45 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Venue: Taiko-en, 9-10 Amijimacho, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka 534-0026
Cost: ¥2,000 per person
Organizers: Sankei Living Shimbun Inc., The Cultural Foundation for Promoting the National Costume of Japan, Taiko-en, Hearst Fujingaho Co., Ltd., Taya Co., Ltd. and Osaka Yakatabune
|10:05||Learn hair arrangement|
|10:40||Learn kimono dressing|
|12:15||Learn table manners and etiquette, and put to practice during lunch|
|1:30||Learn how to fix hair and yukata|
|1:45||Walk around the garden and take photos|
|2:15||Enjoy tea time and fill out a survey|