Next, I put on some cotton undergarments called juban. Then, the "canning" began. She tied on layers upon layers of towels in order to give me a flat shape, like a can.
Next came a intricately designed silk under-kimono called a hiyoku (I think, but I'm not actually sure), which was beautiful enough stand alone, I thought.
At this point, We actually put the kimono on. I thought we were almost finished, but really there was like another 30 minutes of tying and tugging after this. Kaori is actually holding me steady while her mom tugs on me.
This style of kimono with long sleeves is called a furisode, which I technically shouldn't wear since I'm married.
The long silk belt is called an obi, and is the most expensive part of the kimono, since it takes experienced craftsmanship to make them.
I really thought we were almost done at this point too, but it was still a while before she stopped tugging.
Kaori's mom tying the obi bow. I think this is probably the hardest part of dressing someone in a kimono.