Do I need to make a reservation?
Reservations are advised, so that we can fully prepare for your visit. We do accept walk-in bookings, if we have enough time that day to accommodate you. Please don’t hesitate to stop by and ask us.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
Please bring your enthusiasm! And a smile for the camera. ?
Can I eat or drink at the studio?
Please don’t! We may need to charge you if any damage is caused to our studio or the kimonos.
Do you have props and accessories?
Yes – and we’ll suggest the right ones to help make your photos perfect. Our studio has a large selection of props: parasols, swords, hand fans, flowers, and more.
Do you have any kimonos in children’s sizes?
Yes, we have children’s kimonos at sizes starting from roughly 2yrs old.
How much does each plan and photo cost?
Please see our Plans and Pricing page for the latest information.
Is there a special price for children?
Normally, the price for a child is the same as for an adult. However, we don’t charge for babies that are 0-1 years old and can’t stand by themselves.
What’s the difference between ‘Partial’ and ‘Full Face’ makeup?
‘Partial’ makeup is for your eyes, eyebrows, and lips. It doesn’t include base makeup, such as foundation or powder. ‘Full Face’ is a complete makeup session, from base to eyes and lips.
Both Partial and Full Face makeup sessions are expertly done by one of our professional makeup artists. For either service, you’ll need to book at least a week in advance.
Can I do my own makeup?
Absolutely. Please either arrive with your makeup done, or finish before you put on your kimono. Applying more makeup after that’s prohibited, in case there’s any damage to the kimono (which we’ll need to charge for).
How long does a typical photoshoot session take?
It always depends on the number of people and the type of plan the select. As a rough guide, 1-2 people typically need 1-2 hours, and a similar photoshoot for 3-4 people would take 1.5-2.5 hours.
Will my photos be retouched or edited?
Basic retouching’s included in all our plans. Our more extensive ‘Beauty Retouching’ option is available for 3,000 yen per photo. It includes skin retouching, makeup correction, and facial reshaping. Please ask us about photo retouching options when you make your booking.
What’s the difference between ‘Standard’ and ‘Pearlescent’ photo prints?
A ‘Standard’ photo print will have a matte surface. ‘Pearlescent’ prints have more of a glossy, metallic effect.
How long after my photoshoot does it take to receive the photos?
Photo prints are done at the studio while you wait, and take only a few minutes. Your digital photos go through some extra processing, and will arrive roughly 10 business days later. We’ll email you a link to a private gallery, where you can view and download all your photos.
What’s a ‘furisode’ kimono?
Furisode is a type of kimono with longer, flowing sleeves. It’s used as formal dress, traditionally worn by young unmarried women for tea ceremonies and family events. You can recognise a furisode both from the sleeve length and the more colourful design, compared to a standard kimono.
What’s an ‘uchikake’ kimono?
The uchikake is a highly formal style of kimono, intended only for stage performances or by brides. It’s designed to be worn over the top of a basic kimono and obi, like a coat. As an uchikake has a broader, longer style, it trails on the floor like the train on a wedding dress.
Why do some reviews call you ‘Japanese Cosplay Photo’?
When we opened in 2015, ‘Japanese Cosplay Photo’ was our studio name. As we’ve grown and found our style, we also upgraded our studio layout and equipment. In the end, we decided to change our name to properly reflect all the other little changes we’ve made. That’s how we became Kimono Photo Studio WASABI Osaka!