Do you remember my story about the Japanese-German history in Dusseldorf which I shared on the Capella Blog a couple of months ago? Then you might remember that Dusseldorf is the city with the largest Japanese population in Europe. Actually, one fourth of Germany’s Japanese population is living in Dusseldorf!
Every year we have celebrate Japanese Day, where visitors and locals alike can learn more about the Japanese culture. The event will take place for the 13th time this year and will be celebrate on May 17th. The event takes place throughout the city, even along the Rhine Promenade. I love to wander along the promenade, tasting different Japanese food specialties, listening to music and watching dance performances, combat demonstrations and even Manga costume contests. At night the event is topped off with a beautiful firework display that lights up the entire city.
This year, the Breidenbacher Hof is getting in on the activities, with a fantastic Japanese amenity. This amenity includes a lot of special Japanese things, prepared by our resident Japanese expert Keiko. The most important part of the amenity is a traditional sleeping kimono, known as the Yukata. Keiko showed me the correct way to wrap it, something I asked her to show you as well:
First of all, you have to slip into the Yukata, of course. Grasp it along the hem with one side in each hand. Fold the right hand side under the left hand side, holding it in place as you fold the right hand side over the left.
Use the obi (belt) to secure everything in place. This is done by placing the belt over your waist (if you are a woman) or relatively low on your hip (if you are a man) and then crossing the obi on the back and tying it in the front over your right hip.
I know, it takes some time to become a pro, but I am sure Keiko will help you practice and get ready for Japanese Day. Just ask her during your stay at the Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel in Düsseldorf as soon as possible and don’t forget to tell our Personal Assistants about your plans to visit the Japanese Day festivities so that they can prepare everything for you!