• Kyodo


In an effort to offer people in wheelchairs chances to wear kimono, a costume rental shop in Kasugai, Aichi Prefecture, has designed ones that can be worn without standing up.

A person usually needs to stay standing for about half an hour to don a kimono, so it is difficult for people in wheelchairs to put on the traditional costume.

Hanayome Kobo created kimono that are divided at the waist, with a zip fastener attached to the lower garments, so that they can be worn while sitting down.

“We don’t want people in wheelchairs to give up wearing kimono on a special day,” said Akiko Nakajima, 43, president of the firm.

The shop offers about 40 kinds of such kimono for men and women, which can be delivered anywhere in Japan.

It also plans to offer staff dispatch service to provide makeup and photographing.

The firm said some women have already worn the kimono for coming -of-age or wedding ceremonies.

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