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Updated: 2005-03-10 09:54
Wearing kimono means free subway, museums in Kyoto


Wearing kimono means free subway, museums in Kyoto

a modern girl in kimono

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 modern clothing.

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 planned.

Free tickets for the transportation and tourist facilities will be available in subway stations, buses, hotels and elsewhere in the ancient capital.












kimono: a long, wide-sleeved Japanese robelike dress worn with an obi and often elaborately decorated(和服,日本的宽袖阔腰带长袍式服装,经常被精心装饰)

seat: a center of authority; a capital(首府权力中心;首都)

shogun: the hereditary commander of the Japanese army who until 1867 exercised absolute rule under the nominal leadership of the emperor(幕府时代的将军,日本军队世袭的领导者,在1867年以前拥有绝对的权力,在名义上接受天皇的领导)

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