Masako Formals Kimono Studio on Naruhodo, Hawaii’s KikuTV

Masako Formals hair and makeup artist Hitomi Ohki, introduced Japanese TV channel Kiku TV to the history of kimonos. Hitomi was trained in Kyoto under a kimono master, and now dresses children, families, and couples in traditional kimonos at Masako Formal’s Kimono Photo Studio. In this epoisode of Naruhodo, Hitomi shares her kimono knowledge with Hawaii.

Check out store owner Kumi in a Tomesode kimono and enjoy learning a little more about Japanese kimono culture!

Bridal kimonos are no joke!

Today Hitomi and Kumi taught Zoe to respect the samurai era. They surprised her with a full kimono dressing. Zoe almost passed out during the first attempt and Hitomi had to undo the painstaking dressing (it is not uncommon for brides, especially in the summer, to get dizzy and faint while in their kimonos!). The second time was a success! Respect for kimonos! And definitely eat breakfast before you get in one!