Myself and two friends were the only non-Asian faces in the crowd. Although a lot of tourists come through here, it didn’t seem like many of them were western, at least on the day we went.
I had dragged two friends to a kimono fashion show in Kyoto, something that runs seven times per day and is free. As soon as we stepped into the Nishijin Textile Center, our eyes bulged with surprise: there were artisans sitting out creating their ware, most on the second floor, and the space was filled with Japanese gifts, artwork, woven items and kimonos for sale (or to rent for a day). You can even try your hand at weaving, if you reserve ahead.
Although the artisans are friendly and seem to want to chat, the ones I approached spoke no English and the friend I had brought who spoke Japanese was elsewhere checking out goods. I wish I would have been more organized on that front.
At 2:15 pm, the lights on the runway turned on and the crowd around the stage grew thick. Young women began walking out from behind the stage and we were treated to a wonderful kimono show. I have compiled photos and a video for you below. Enjoy!