About 30 pieces of traditional clothes including an “uchikake” wedding kimono made between the late Edo Period and the Meiji Era are on display at the Sanno Club in Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture. (Teruto Unuma)

SAKATA, Yamagata Prefecture--An exhibition featuring elaborate wedding kimono dating back more than a century is now running through Aug. 31 at the Sanno Club in the Hiyoshicho district here.

About 30 pieces of kimono are on display at the venue. They include kimono made with outstanding craftsmanship, such as an “uchikake” wedding kimono featuring motifs of pine, bamboo, plum, crane and turtle against a black background apparently made between the late Edo Period (1603-1867) and the Meiji Era (1868-1912); and an early Showa Era (1926-1989) long-sleeved “furisode” kimono featuring complex designs of boat, grass, tree and crane.

There is also a kimono specifically produced as a rental costume in the decade starting in 1965.

“In addition to motifs and patterns, finishing touches to embroidery designs reflect the differences from each period,” said Ikuko Kimura, who organized the art event. “I think it will be interesting if you take a close look and compare the differences.”

The Sanno Club is a government-registered tangible cultural property that retains the atmosphere of the traditional culture of “ryotei” high-end restaurants.

The exhibition project started last year to entertain foreign tourists visiting Sakata Port on cruise ships during the summer.

Admission is 310 yen ($2.80) for adults, 210 yen for high school and college students and 100 yen for elementary and junior high school students.