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A retro experience of all that’s good and old

Dressing in a retro kimono gown and strolling around Tokyo’s lively shitamachi area is a popular pastime in recent years. Women especially love to try their hand at crafting accessories and completing the retro look. This section invites you to experience Japan’s good old culture and make unforgettable memories of your stay in Tokyo.

Delight in retro fashion

Asakusa Shichihenge

Patterns range from classical to modern. Select a favorite and stroll through the perfect retro setting of Asakusa. Rental kimono is ideal for tourists seeking to make memories and couples celebrating an anniversary. The service includes accessories such as obi (sash), obijime (tasseled strings tied around the obi), haori (jacket), and kinchaku (carry bag). Recycled silk gowns and accessories make popular souvenirs, too.

Address 2-29-21 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Contact information 03-5830-7100 (Japanese only)
sichihenge.sasaki@gmail.com (Japanese and English only)
* Reservations required for rental kimono
URL http://www.asakusa-7henge.com/(External link)

Tsumami-do

Tsumami-zaiku is the craft of pinching and folding small pieces of cloth to create shapes like flowers and butterflies that adorn the kanzashi (hair ornament) worn by geisha. Visitors are invited to try their hand at this craft in a 40 to 60 minute workshop. Select from a range of six items including hairpin, cell phone strap, and magnet. You’re welcome to wear the finished accessory for a hint of retro Japanese style, or carry it home as a gift or souvenir.

Address 3-20-16 Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Contact information 03-3864-8716 (Japanese only)
e-info@tsumami-do.com (Japanese and English only)
* Reservations required for workshops
URL http://tsumami-do.com/e-index.html(External link)

Explore retro culture

Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya Kappabashi Showroom

Faux food samples represent a distinctly Japanese display style born in the Taisho (1912–26) and Showa (1926–89) periods. The retro replicas are still found in restaurant windows today. Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya runs a showroom on Kappabashi Dougu Street that offers the experience of crafting these samples the traditional way, from wax, in 60 to 75 minute workshops. It also sells unique products and kits for the home deriving from faux food production technology.

Address 3-7-6 Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Contact information 0120-17-1839 (Japanese only)
* Reservations required for workshops (also Japanese-speaking staff only)
URL http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/taito/education/89.html

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