One of my childhood dreams is to travel around the world, and I guess I’m not the only one. I know it is every adult’s dream, too. Back when I was little, I thought traveling around the world was as easy as going to a nearby city. I just have to ride a bus and that’s it!
Later on, I figured that traveling is quite hard work. I have to save money to book my flights and my accommodation and keep an extra for my pocket money (not to mention the expenses in processing the VISA, among others). Despite this fact, I still love traveling for so many reasons, one of which is the chance to wear the traditional dress of the country I’m visiting.
When I visited Japan recently, a good friend of mine accompanied me to Kiyomizu dera Temple, and we explored the place wearing a kimono. A kimono is common in Japan. It literally means “something that is worn”. There are different types of kimono worn on specific occasions, two of which I have are Furisode, the formal one, and Komon, the casual kimono. The one I’m wearing on my photo below is komon, which is suitable for strolling around.
I got this kimono from the Okamoto kimono rental shop, which has been around Kyoto for 180 years since its foundation in 1830. The shop provides more than a thousand kimono choices for visitors, both men and women, who want to explore Kyoto on this traditional wear.
I haven’t been to Korea yet, but I will visit the country sometime in autumn (my favorite season) next year. However, I already tried wearing its traditional costume called Hanbok when I attended the Korea-Philippines Friendship Day event in Cebu City in 2017. According to one of the volunteers, a traditional women hanbok consists of a jeogori, a blouse shirt or a jacket, and a wrap-around skirt called a chima.
These clothing say so much about our rich traditional Asian culture, and about the cultures unique to a country.
I want to travel to as many Asian countries as I can travel to, and experience a day tour wearing a traditional dress. I want to wear Asia at least before I explore another continent.
The next time I visit Bali, Taiwan, Singapore, and China, I will make sure to try their traditional clothing, too. I will keep this journal updated.
How about you, would you be interested to wear different traditional costumes, too?