OTOWA’s Kimonos are of the highest quality and, While dressing, superior technique and attention to detail is used to ensure the most authentic experience for you.
Our skillful photographer will effortlessly capture your experience, providing professional level photographs for you to cherish.
Representative YUKA UMEDA
I was born in Tokyo in 1979 and lived there until I graduated from university. I decided to uproot myself and move to Okinawa. It was there that I had my daughter and thought it would be best to move back to Tokyo for kosodate, which means raise my child, with the help of my family. I found myself working in a studio, where I would coordinate a photo shoot customers that I would dress in kimono. In 2017, my daughter and I returned to the beautiful island life in Okinawa and have been here ever since.
Japan's rich culture and many traditions have always intrigued me. When I was young, I was fortunate enough to be able to study calligraphy, flower arrangement, Ryukyu shamisen, kimono dress making, how to dance in kimono and how to dress one's self and others in kimono.
Kimono is widely known throughout Japan and the world. Unfortunately, many Japanese people are not so well versed when it comes to the history of the kimono or even how to dress themselves appropriately. My grandparent's generation was likely the last to wear kimono on nearly a daily basis. Western style clothing eventually grew to be more main stream in Japan and kimonos became reserved for more formal events. Of course, there are some who wear kimono on somewhat of a regular basis, but the numbers pale in comparison to Japan's older generations.
In case you could not tell, I have a great passion for all of the aspects related to the kimono. It is my deepest desire to keep this tradition not only alive and well, but to help spread this art to as many people as possible. These are the very reasons I decided to open Otowa.
Regardless of where you might come from in this world, we would love for you to have an amazing experience with the beautiful kimonos and highly-skilled staff that OTOWA has to offer. Truly, this will be a unique experience in Japan that you will not be able to have anywhere else.
It would be my honor if you chose to enjoy Otowa's kimono and Japanese cultural experience.
You can rent a high-class kimono for us to dress you in.
KIMONO PHOTO EXPERIENCE
Take professional photographs of your Japanses cultural experience in a high-class Kimono.
You can rent lightweyght and comfortable Yukata and Jinbei for us to dress you in.
Major traditional celebrations in Japan…
This is the first visit for a baby during their birth month. We bring our newborns to the shrine to pray for health and longevity in their life. Also, this marks the time where they become a member of the community.
This celebration stems from the Edo era. Families with children visit a shrine at the age of 3 for boys and girls, the age of 5 for boys and finally, the age of 7 for girls. The reason for the visit at these ages is to express gratitude for the protection and health of their children.
Shichi means 7, Go is 5 and San is 3. Hence the name, Shichigosan.
Jusan means 13. At this age, Japanese people celebrate the growing independence of their child. This is where a little more is expected from the budding adult and they are given more responsibility as a person. From this day forward, they wear the same kimono as an adult.
In Japan, one is considered an adult at the age of 20. This is an important milestone in a young person’s life and the celebration is magnificent! When visiting a shrine for this event, it is customary for the individual transitioning to adulthood to wear a long-sleeved Kimono called “Furisode”.
Furisode is specifically for ladies and they will wear this Kimono until they marry.