“Tokyo Kimono Week 2013- Kimono/Japan/Nihonbashi-” is being held for the seventh time from Oct 17 to 29. The event aims to discover new possibilities for kimono and rediscover the charms of Japanese culture.

Various projects are planned for the event. On Oct 27, the bridge at Nihonbashi will be closed off for the event, and a group photo of people wearing kimono will be taken on the bridge. This event is popular each year, and last year, 200 people, including general visitors participated in the photo. On the same day, a kimono photo session will be held at COREDO Nihonbashi Annex Square. Professional photographers will take photos of those wearing kimono. Participation for both events is free of charge.

The other events include: Ebizo Ichikawa Special Program featuring a talk session, screening, and flower arrangement by the head of school Ikenobo on Oct. 23 and a lecture by Yoko Ogawa, Shido Nakamura’s mother to introduce manners on greetings, gifts and letters under the theme, “Learn social skills from Kabuki society” on Oct. 24. Kabuki actors Ebizo Ichikawa and Shido Nakamura will participate in each event as a guest. Also, the screening of a documentary film “Murasaki” featuring dyer Sachio Yoshioka, Kimono Queen Contest 2014, Kimono Salone in Nihonbashi, stamp rally and other events are planned. More details are available on the official website.

For those who purchase items from stores participating in the event, wearing a kimono, coupons, Japanese handkerchiefs and other novelties will be offered.