Just one more thing I wish we had in Hiroshima...

Good morning everyone,

It's hot outside...like already hot and it's only 5:30 in the morning. I already have my A/C on! And it's not going to get any cooler next week...make sure you take care out there.

Two of the most effective ways to relax during a Japanese summer are to wear a lightweight yukata (summer kimono) or to sip an ice-cold drink at an outdoor beer garden. Of course, the best option is to do both, but that can be kind of tricky if you don’t own a yukata or aren’t quite capable of tying the obi (sash) by yourself.

But the Marine Tower, located roughly a half-hour south of downtown Tokyo in the city of Yokohama, can address all those concerns. Between now and September 10, the Marine Tower is partnering with photo studio Yokohama Kimono Station for its Yukata Beer Garden promotion in which the Kimono Station staff not only help you get dressed in the yukata of your choosing, but you get to keep the outfit when the day is done.

The package starts with a visit to Yokohama Kimono Station, where you can choose from over 100 styles of men’s and women’s kimono, obi, and geta wooden sandals.

After you’ve made your selection, the staff will dress you in the garments. Once you’re looking sharp you’ll head over to the Marine Tower, located adjacent to the bayside Yamashita Park, where you’ll choose from between three full-course meals with dishes such as Hawaiian BBQ, Iberian pork spareribs, or grilled locally raised Shonan Pork

Shonan Pork set

All courses include all-you-can-drink alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, and a ticket to the Marine Tower’s 100-meter-high observation floor is also part of the package.

The package is priced at 12,000 yen for women and 14,000 yen for men. Considering that a yukata itself can easily run 10,000 yen or more (and that’s not counting the sash and sandals), the Yukata Beer Garden is an amazingly good value, as well as an unforgettable way to spend a summer evening.

Doesn't this sound great?! I'd love to do this in Hiroshima...surely one of the many yukata/kimono stores and one of the beer gardens could get together to do the same thing, right?  I wish...

Have a great day!

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