Riverboat Cruise in Kimono
Published: January 31, 2011
Fabulous Antique Kimono
This rental shop, Aterier Ri, is the place I fell in love with antique Kimono. We were just about to make an article for issue #005 of Eye on Kanazawa (a free paper we put out in English) to introduce the Dishoji district in Kaga city. A girl from France agreed to help us with the article, and we visited the shop to pick Kimono for the shooting. As soon as I saw the massive collection, I said “wow!” I was dazzled by all of the beautiful antique Kimonos in the quaint building! “How could they collect those?”
The pretty French girl seems to be over 170cm. Most antique Kimonos are very small with short arms, as you know. That’s one of the problems when we look for old Kimono, right? I asked the staff if it was possible to find a nice one for her. “We’ll overlook wearing an antique kimono without Ohashori.” They said. “Make sense!!” Ohashori is the folded excess around the waist, only women’s have those. People in the Kimono business tend to be strict about the way to wear these old Japanese clothes. So, we need an excuse about “no Ohashori”, just in case!!!
Exotic Riverboat Cruise
Along the former Daishoji-Gawa River, this riverboat leisurely goes down as you see Sakura cherry blossoms from the water. That’s because spring is the best season for a cruise, I think. The boats are Japanese style with Tatami mats. You should know that you have to take your shoes off in the room. It’s very quiet around the river, you can relax and take in the beautiful view of the Sakura trees in the water! It’s like being in a fairy tale!! The atmosphere is quite exotic, even for Japanese people. Welcome to the lost world! Pink Sakura petals floating on the water are also lovely. If you are lucky, a boatman, or Sendo-san, will sing a folk song on the boat for you! However, I hear they row a chartered boat with Kotatsu (Japanese heating table and futon) in winter as well. Besides this, they also offer a “Night Sakura boat” for some days in spring, and also a “Summer evening boat” from the end of July to August. Why don’t you try it during your trip?
I’m dying to go on a cruise in my own antique Kimono sometime. Will you join me?
More recommended places to visit!
Admission : ¥500
Ishikawa Prefecture Kutaniyaki Art Museum