Where to get your yukata
How to tie: step by step
While not as complicated as assembling a kimono, wearing a yukata still takes some practice. We visited True Japan Tours, who provide one-on-one lessons, and asked them to help dress our writer, Vivian.
Put the yukata on. Open it with both hands, and adjust it by gathering the material up until the hemline is straight and just covering your ankles. Make sure the vertical lines on each side align with your thighs. Fold the right-hand side across your body, with your right hand touching your left hip. Then fold the left side over the top.
Use a thin cotton string to tie it around your waist, ensuring the hemline stays in position. Don’t worry about the excess material that bunches up around your chest. We’ll sort that out next.
Smooth down any excess material, front and back, over the cotton string. Use another cotton string to tie this in place just under your chest. So you should have two layers around your chest/rib area now (unless you’re very tall!).
Wind the obi sash twice around your body. When both ends are about the same length, tie it into a bowtie at the front.
Turn it 180 degrees to the back and... strike a pose for the camera.