Yukata de Guide Tour and Jiyugaoka Yukata Event

In August, the Sumida Ward tourism office held an event called “Yukata de Guide Tour,” during which foreigners could experience typical Japanese summer activities: wearing yukata, joining a cruise, and dancing the Bon Odori at a festival. Most of the event took place at Ryogoku, which has a reputation as a sumo town.

Also known as a summer kimono, a yukata is made of cotton, and is thus thinner than a typical kimono. The organizers helped dress me up, and even provided geta (clogs) for me to wear.

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