The city we live in is an old Samurai town and to try and create a traditional atmosphere people are encouraged to wear kimono to stroll around the old streets. There is a shop where you can hire kimonos for the day, so when the New Zealand group was here we took advantage of the opportunity and donned kimonos (well they did... I had to drive!) to go to my favorite tea shop and experience a brief traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It was fun watching them choose which kimono to wear and then even more fun watching the tiny Japanese women huffing and puffing trying to tie them into them!