Just to be contrary, you want to wear a kimono to the shrine on New Year’s Day instead of jeans and a nanopuff jacket, but puh-leeze, not one of those boring styles that make you look like a 1970s tourist souvenir!
All stylin’ princesses know that kimono-hime is the way to go. First, ignore all those tedious seasonal references and go for a kimono emblazoned with…peonies! Pick an obi that has different patterns on each side, so when you tie it, they both show. And about that undercollar: lace, polka dots, anything but white. Add a couple of bows and be sure to wear a pillbox hat with a veil and some lace-up boots, and the kami-sama will be sure to grant you all your hearts’ desires!
Here are a few more shrineworthy styles from the pages of Kimono Hime magazine!
Thanks to Kimono Hime magazine (#10) for the gorgeous new style kimono photos! If you’d like to visit the Parco store in Shibuya the next time you’re in Tokyo, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!