Taking on Japan in a kimono!
As I write this, we are heading to Japan (again!) in 5 days.
I know it sounds like we keep going back to the land of the rising sun but really, this country has SO much to offer and I love how every prefecture has its own unique charm.
Food though, is impossibly good everywhere. Must be the Nihon air. Though it is often said that Osaka is THE food mecca of Japan.
Like this fresh uni?
It tasted like the ocean.
Kimono girls on the train
So for my last Japan trip, Nui and I took on Osaka in kimonos.
It's actually not that easy to locate a kimono rental shop in Osaka - most of them are in Kyoto, a 40-minute train ride away - but our schedule was really tight and won't allow us to make it back to Kyoto in time to return the kimonos and so, armed with our smart phones and Google Translate (and my intense googling skillz), we finally located a kimono rental shop in Osaka. (I'll list the details at the end of the post!)
Kimono girls at the fish market
They did our hair too!
Kimono girls taking photo with small girl
Our first stop was the Kuromon Ichiba Market that has more than 190 years of history and tradition.
It was here that we had the freshest uni of our lives (it's even better than what I had at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market) and...
Lots and lots of seafood.
Kimono girl eat crab
But to be honest, I think I had better otoro in Tokyo.
Kuromon Ichiba Market
〒542-0073 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka Chūō-ku, Nipponbashi, 2 Chome−4
Kimono girl eating ice cream
We then made our way to Dōtonbori which is probably THE most popular tourist destination in Osaka.
Everybody goes to this iconic crab restaurant for the signature Kani Suki (crab hot pot).
Kimono girls looking at signboards
But we had our dinner at this 140 year-old charcoal-grilled unagi rice restaurant.
Totally worth our one-hour wait (and having to take lots of pictures with the obasans who went all "AHHHH. KAWAIIIIII!!!" when they saw us hehe.)
2-5-2 Koraibashi, Chuo-ku,
Osaka 541-0043, Osaka Prefecture
And then we ended the night with more photos of us in our kimonos.
But because my Instagram life is a lie, what really happened was Nui started shouting, "Flora, red light already!" and I...
Started running across the road.
Real geisha vs fake geisha wtf.
But it was an experience like no other and I would LOVE to do it again. Except that going to the bathroom was a littttlllleeee troublesome.
(Actually, more than just a little haha.)
The traditional Thai costume was a lot easier :grin:
3-2-6, Nakazaki, Kita-ku, Osaka City
We paid 9,000 yen/day per kimono for an all-inclusive set of undershirt, tabi-socks and other accessories.
Hair was done by Ricca Hair with separate charges.