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  • - Hey guys, how's it going?

  • Today I'm in Tokyo. I'm just outside of Asakusa Station.

  • And I'm here with Kim Dao.

  • - Hi.

  • - [Micaela] Hi, Kim. Welcome back to Japan.

  • - Thank you.

  • - So good to have you back.

  • - I'm back.

  • - Yeah. - I'm back.

  • - She's back. - I'm back.

  • - She's a little sleepy.

  • - I'm very sleepy.

  • - Today we are going to try on kimonos.

  • Somewhere around here.

  • And you've been here before, right?

  • - Yeah. I've been here before.

  • It's my second time to go to this kimono place.

  • - Aww, it's so nice. I'm excited.

  • - Yeah.

  • - We're gonna dress up and we're gonna walk around Asakusa.

  • And see what it's like to.

  • You know, be tourists in Tokyo for a day.

  • This is actually really fun.

  • And I do feel like a tourist every time I come to Tokyo.

  • Because I never spend a lot of time here.

  • And when I do, I'm usually just going

  • from like point A to point B.

  • Or like meeting people that I'm supposed to meet.

  • And I don't really get to explore or hang out.

  • So it's really exciting that, like,

  • we get to tourist spots like this today.

  • - Okay, this is the Senso-ji.

  • - [Micaela] Senso-ji?

  • - Well, this is like the start of it, isn't it?

  • The temple is actually down there.

  • - [Micaela] Oh, cool.

  • - You actually walk, like, another 5 minutes.

  • - [Micaela] Ah.

  • - Temple's down there.

  • (bright shamisen music)

  • It's interesting because the temple itself

  • looks very Japanese, but if you look at all the tourists

  • around, like everyone's speaking different languages.

  • Everybody's from all over the world.

  • And it actually feels very international.

  • Very global.

  • It doesn't feel that much like Japan.

  • To me, here. To be honest.

  • (bright cheerful music)

  • I don't know if you know this, but next year

  • is actually Year of the Dog.

  • Japan's signature dog,

  • is a Shiba.

  • Well, a Shiba, Akai,

  • an Akita Ken.

  • The Japanese breed, which looks like this, which,

  • also, incidentally looks like the dog that I have at home.

  • So, I feel like this year we're going to be buying

  • a lot of Year of the Dog memorial ornaments.

  • To put in our house.

  • 'Cuz they all look like Kit.

  • Is what I'm trying to say.

  • You know?

  • You know?

  • - I know.

  • - Kim's like, yes. Yes, I know.

  • Are you cold? What'd you get?

  • Oh.

  • - It's so warm.

  • I just got some coffee.

  • - Pro tip, if you're ever cold.

  • - It's so warm.

  • - These make excellent hand warmers.

  • - Yeah. It's only 100 yen.

  • - And it's only 100 yen.

  • - A dollar.

  • - And you can drink it, if you want.

  • - Yep.

  • Yeah, I will drink it later.

  • - Yeah.

  • - I'm just going to hold it first.

  • - You're so cute.

  • So we're turning onto a street called Orange Street.

  • Which is very orange, and I'm not sure why.

  • (bright music)

  • Oh, this is the place, right?

  • - Yeah, it's the place.

  • - YAE. - YAE.

  • Oh that was really easy to find.

  • Oh, hi, nice to meet you.

  • Hi, I'm Micaela.

  • - I'm Mei.

  • - [Micaela] Sorry, my hands are very cold.

  • - You're cold. - Yeah.

  • Oh, wow.

  • I haven't been in a place like this in such a long time.

  • And you can see they have so many different

  • types of fabric and patterns.

  • And I can't wait to pick one out to wear.

  • I really like bolder colors and bolder patterns.

  • Like, as opposed to, like pastels.

  • I think pastels are super pretty though,

  • if they look good on you.

  • I just don't feel like they look good on me.

  • This is cute though.

  • (in foreign language)

  • It's cute, but it's a little like summery.

  • This is cute, this kind of like a warm purple.

  • So my hair is really, really flat today.

  • And then, because it's cold, like,

  • it was super static-y and gross when I walked in.

  • But, thankfully, here they do hair.

  • They do all the like up-dos and stuff for you.

  • So, I kind of walked in here feeling frumpy and weird.

  • But I think once I get my kimono on,

  • and I get my hair fixed up, it's going to look really nice.

  • You've got these tabi socks on and then leg warmers.

  • Because it's winter and it would be

  • pretty cold without them.

  • Inside my clothes we have tons of towels.

  • And like, padding, extra padding to, like,

  • fill out the parts of my body that

  • are not straight, if that makes any sense.

  • (soothing electronic music)

  • Alright, guys, now it's time to choose the obi.

  • Which is the big fabric that will go around the waist.

  • And usually this is an impact piece.

  • Like, we want it to look bright and bold.

  • And have a big impact on the final look.

  • I think I'm very partial to this gold.

  • Maybe.

  • (in foreign language)

  • So I've been speaking Japanese mostly,

  • but actually, the two ladies helping me

  • with my kimono today have been studying in Canada.

  • So I think they can speak English pretty well.

  • How was Canada?

  • - Yeah, I like, I love it.

  • - You love it?

  • - Yeah.

  • - I like the summer. It's really good.

  • - [Micaela] Yeah?

  • - It's really comfortable.

  • - [Micaela] Yeah, it's not to hot, right?

  • - Yeah.

  • - [Micaela] Yeah, anything else?

  • (laughs)

  • - Chicken wings.

  • (laughs)

  • - The chicken wings in Canada are great.

  • - Tim Hortons.

  • - Tim Horton. Tim Horton.

  • - Yeah, we love Tim Hortons.

  • - The donuts are good too.

  • (laughs)

  • Very, very sweet though, right?

  • - Yeah. - Yeah.

  • - Wow, yeah, Tim Hortons.

  • Tim Hortons and chicken.

  • - Yeah.

  • - That's hilarious.

  • The bow is so cute at the back.

  • - Yeah, it's so pretty.

  • - [Micaela] You look like, like royalty.

  • (bright music)

  • This one please.

  • - [Woman] Okay, sure. Thank you.

  • - I think it's good, if someone else is doing my hair,

  • then it's good to have them do something

  • that I could never do myself.

  • So we are all dressed up and ready to go.

  • I'm feeling so fancy right now.

  • So normally once you're dressed up

  • you can go walk around Asakusa.

  • You can go check out the shrine.