Kimono Fashion Show in Kyoto, Japan


  • cherry blossom silk kimono for spring
  • cherry blossom silk kimono for spring obi sash
  • red silk floral kimono decorative fashion
  • black red and gold kimono fashion
  • black red and gold silk kimono gold obi sash
  • soft colors gradient silk kimono fashion
  • soft colors and embroidered obi sash
  • winter silk kimono
  • green geometric kimono obi sash
  • fashion show red silk kimono

Travelers interested in Japanese art and culture will appreciate the Nishijin Textile Center in Kyoto, a large facility showcasing the techniques of Nishijin textile making, developed over 1,000 years of Kyoto’s history. They also perform a fashion show featuring stunning silk woven kimonos with designs representing the current season. My visit was in January, so the kimonos above depict the winter season and transition into spring.

The Fashion Show

The kimono fashion show is held seven times daily (!) and lucky for me they put on the entire show despite an audience of only three. It was magnificently visible how much detail went into creating these textiles. As the Textile Center describes it, spring sings of the scent of flowers, summer speaks of days gone by, autumn indulges herself in simplicity and serenity, and winter applies a delicate dusting of snow to the patchwork of roof tiles. I hope you catch a glimpse of this in the slideshow above.

group shot of the Japanese models and seasons of kimono textiles

The Textile Center

They have dedicated an entire floor to a show room of their many silk products, all of which can be purchased. From men’s ties, to gold brocade fabrics and kimonos, they are authentic and well made pieces. The specific reason I came to this textile center, though, is an area filled with small hand-weaving looms where public are offered a chance to use the looms and get some hands-on experience. I jumped at this opportunity since taking classes when I travel is something I love to do. The cost is ¥1800 for adults and you can take home the scarf or whichever product you make.

While I’d heard that this attraction is usually packed with tourists, by visiting in the late afternoon I was able to avoid crowds entirely. The Center is open daily from 9am to 5pm and admission is free. Stop by if you are planning a visit to Kyoto!

colorful Japanese silk threads for textile making woven silk fabrics for sale in Japan Nishijin Textile Center looms colorful threads in Japanese silk loom weaving loom for public use japanese silk loomwoven scarf at Nishijin Textile Center

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suzetteI have been traveling for the better part of the last ten years in an effort to get out of my bubble. I set out to learn from other cultures and gain some understanding of the world. No matter where I go, I seek out gems off the beaten path and this site is my attempt to show you how to do the same.

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