February festival: Canals festooned with miles of gorgeous kimono fabric

Some-No-Komichi is a celebration held every February in Nakai, the Tokyo neighborhood that’s famous for kimono dyeing. Examples of the makers’ finest wares are strung along miles of the canal that meanders through the area, and shops are in open house mode for your strolling (and shopping!) pleasure.

Lengths of kimono fabric flutter in the breeze, giving the display a festive energy
Up close, you can see the quality and variety of dyeing techniques
There’s even a section of canal given over to designs made by children in the local schools
If you climb to the top of the overpass, you can see that kimono fabric stretches out in both directions, farther than the eye can see
Not surprisingly, there are many shops selling the wares made in the Nakai-Ochiai neighborhood, in all styles and patterns
And, of course, it’s a mecca for kimono-lovers, with new and vintage designs being sold for very reasonable prices

Dates: February 21-23 (2020)

Hours: Fabric is displayed constantly for the three days of the festival, most shops open at 10:00

Admission: Free

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