AreaMatsushima Bay

Hijab-friendly Kimono Wearing Experience

梅らぶ | Ume Luv

Enjoy sightseeing in Matsushima even more in kimono

Photo by Parimah Javanmardi

Photo by Parimah Javanmardi

Photo by Parimah Javanmardi

Photo by Parimah Javanmardi

  • Parimah Javanmardi

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    Last Update
    February 19, 2020

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  • If your wanderlust has made you pack your bags and hit the road, I suggest visiting Matsushima, a popular sightseeing area famous for its iconic pine-covered islets. Your trip can be more memorable by going sightseeing in kimono or yukata, traditional Japanese clothing. I will introduce a Muslim-friendly kimono- and yukata-wearing experience offered by Ume Luv, a kimono rental shop in Matsushima. Owner Yumi Nakano opened Ume Luv two years ago.

    Ume Luv is close to five of Matsushima’s most famous sights: Godaido Temple, Entsuin Temple, Zuiganji Temple, the Matsushima Castle observation deck, and the Matsushima Bay sightseeing boat pier. From Ume Luv, it takes only about ten or fifteen minutes on foot to reach these sights. Wearing a kimono and walking around the area doubled the attractiveness of being in Matsushima. A kimono is more than just clothing; it is part of Japanese identity. Wearing a kimono is a great opportunity to get acquainted with Japanese culture. Moreover, the staff will kindly explain the differences between kimono and yukata and teach how to fold them. This helps communicate to visitors just how valuable kimono are.

    Ume Luv offers over one hundred kimono and yukata styles to choose from. Their number-one recommendation is a colorful silk kimono. In consideration of Muslim women, the staff will offer colors that go with their head scarves. In addition, Ume Luv shows their consideration to Muslims by letting them pray in the store.

    My favorite part of wearing kimono and walking around Matsushima was taking the boat tour because it gave me the chance to experience the high seas fashionably and see many beautiful islands.

    WEBSITEhttps://umeluv.wixsite.com/mysite-2

  • Matsushima Bay

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    Art & Culture Do & See Family Friendly Halal Hands-on Experiences Matsushima Bay Traditional Culture

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ADDRESS

Matsushima shop: Chonai-75-14 Matsushima, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi-ken 981-0213
Sendai shop: Sendai Mansion #208 Chuo 2-1-15 Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

Matsushima shop: 6-minute walk from Matsushimakaigan Station (Senseki Line)
Sendai shop: 5-minute walk from Sendai Station

CREDIT CARDS

Not accepted

LANGUAGES

English

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

No

HOURS

10:00–17:00

RESERVATION

Required (can be made online in English)

CLOSED DAYS

None

PHONE

090-2849-3699

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