Japanese Exhibition and Pop-Up Shop – The History of the Kimono

Exhibition / Festival

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, HG3 1QB

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, HG3 1QB


Crag Lane
North Yorkshire


Old Bath House


  • Member

    Included with garden entry

  • Non-member

    Included with garden entry


  • Event times

    The exhibition runs from 10am–3pm

  • Subject

    Exhibition / Festival

Don’t miss the chance to see a fascinating exhibition charting the history of the iconic Japanese kimono at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in 2021. The exhibition explores the traditional Japanese garment worn by men, women and children to indicate the wearer's age, gender, the formality of the occasion and even marital status.

Kimonos are now most commonly seen at summer festivals, funerals, weddings and other formal events. Those who wear the kimono most frequently in Japanese society are older men and women, as well as Geisha – professional entertainers trained in dance, music and the arts – who are required to wear a kimono as part of their profession. Sumo wrestlers must also wear a kimono in public.

Several beautiful kimonos will be on display during the seven-week exhibition in the historic Old Bath House, together with information on the origins of the kimono and the diverse range of materials, designs and patterns developed over the centuries. A ‘pop-up’ of The Japanese Shop will sell a variety of authentic Japanese gifts, from kimonos and authentic tableware to origami kits and Japanese kokeshi dolls.

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