Traditional Japanese “Kimono” Culture – Art Aquarium 2017 at ”Nijo-jo” Castle in Kyoto

An event to enjoy Japanese culture such as “Kingyo” (goldfish) and “Kimono” a Japanese national costume. “Kimono” is made by sewing pieces of textile cut from long drapery called “Tan-mono”. You wear “Kimono”, one-piece cloth tied with “Obi” (a long wide belt). Today “Kimono” is worn on special occasions. Why not giving it a try at wearing a “Kimono” for this event? Dances by “Maiko” and “Geiko” in “Kimono” on stage would be attractive. Colorful combinations of “Kingyo” would also be wonderful.

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Art Aquarium at “Nijo-jo” Castle in Kyoto: Dances by “Kingyo”

The Art Aquarium has been held since 2007. Around 7.3 million people have visited so far. You can enjoy expositions of Japanese culture in an awesome way. This year it will be held in “Nijo-jo” Castle, which is the first outdoor exposition. “Nijo-jo” Castle has a history of 400 years and the memorial 150th years of “Taisei Hokan” (the restoration of imperial rule) which was a historical event leading to the modernization of Japan. The exclusive area is exceptionally open for the public for the event. In the outdoor art aquarium, you can enjoy exhibitions of goldfish and golden carps illuminated by lights and they look like shining jewels. Further you can experience Japanese culture of “Chaya” with songs and dancing by “Geiko” and “Maiko”. (“Chaya” literally means a teahouse which refers to the place where “Geiko” and “Maiko” entertain their guests.) They will perform on a stage called “Suigi” from 25th to 31st October.

During the period from 11th November to 11th December “Kingyo-no-mai” (Dances of goldfish) will be held. They will represent the gorgeous culture of the ancient capital Kyoto with songs and dances. They wear 10 “Kimono” designed with goldfish. It is a must see attraction.

Art Aquarium 2017 at “Nijo-jo” Castle in Kyoto – “Dances of Goldfish”

Duration: 25 October – 11th December, 2017

Hours: 17:00 – 22:00 (re-entrance till 21:30)

Venue: “Nijo-jo” Castle, 541Nijo-jo-cho, Naka Gyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto

Access: In front of “Nijo-jo mae” Station, Subway ‟Tozai” Line

What is “Kimono”?

For further information of “Kimono”, please see the article “What is “Kimono”? : Traditional Japanese “Kimono” Culture.

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About Shoto Hachiya

Hello, my name is Shoto! I’ve lived in and traveled many countries. Through the experiences, I saw a lot of different cultures and customs, and that made me realize how unique Japanese culture is.