a modern girl in
Japan's ancient capital Kyoto will give free transport and museum entry
to anyone who wears a kimono
in a bid to support the traditional but infrequently worn garment, a city
official said Tuesday.
"We will offer free tickets for subways, buses and 20 sites in the city
for 11 days from Friday to anyone wearing a kimono," said Ami Tsujii,
Kyoto official in charge of promoting traditional industries.
Foreign tourists are eligible and can rent a kimono for 3,000 yen ($28)
a day, she said.
Kyoto, home to hundreds of temples and shrines, served as Japan's main
seat of government from the
eighth to 17th centuries and remains one of the few places where people in
kimonos are a common sight.
It is also a major center of the textile industry that makes kimonos,
which in 21st-century Japan are primarily worn for special occasions such
as official holidays and are usually more intricate and expensive than
Tsujii said Kyoto was concerned that "people have fewer opportunities
to see or wear kimonos."
Free admission to some tourist attractions, including museums, the
Kyoto Tower overlooking the city and the Nijo Castle which was the
residence of the shogun rulers
of the 17th-18th centuries, will also be available for kimono wearers
during the period, and a kimono fashion show and kimono flea market are
Free tickets for the transportation and tourist facilities will be
available in subway stations, buses, hotels and elsewhere in the ancient