I made a trip early in the morning to Ikebukuro to pick up the hakama and have it fitted (I used http://www.maimu.co.jp/hakama/) it cost well over 25000yen to rent for the day, but it costs from around 10 times that price to buy one. It was pretty heavy and there were several layers to be tied on, including some towels which were used to wrap around the waist and give a larger fold at the back. At the place where I picked up the rental, there was one lady waiting for me, apperently there are usually 2 people to help dress you, but this lady seemed to be very effecient and it only took her 15mins to tie me into the hakama. Unfortunately she tied it rather tight, but it was sooo nice to get the thing off me in the evening.
Anyway, more photos...
Me and Tokedai (the big clock thing of Hongo campus)
Dad, mum and I at Sanshiro pond