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Kimono and other clothing in Japan

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:54 pm
by sofiya
The Japanese kimono and the yukata are two of the most commonly worn garments in the country. A kimono is a full-length silky robe, worn by both men and women. Men's kimono is simple, black or brown-colored, but there are different designs of this dress for women. Traditionally, an unmarried woman wears a furisode (swinging sleeves) kimono, which has rather long sleeves (1,1 meter in length). Out of the 9 to 10 different styles of kimonos, a woman chooses one depending on various factors, like her age and marital status, type and color of the garment used, its symbolism, and the sort of occasion. In winter kimonos made of woolen fabric are worn more often. For funerals, a black kimono is worn by both sexes.

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Yukata. The yukata is also a part of Japanese traditional clothing, it's a kind of a casual version of the kimono. People generally wear a yukata after bathing, which is a common sight at traditional Japanese inns. These garments are meant to cool the body. That's why they are made from fabrics like cotton.

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Nagajuban. This is a robe that takes the shape of a kimono, and is worn underneath it. Kimonos are usually made of silk, so they are difficult to clean. A nagajuban is worn to avoid contact between the silk and ones skin. Only the edges of the nagajuban collar are visible from outside the main garment, the kimono. Often, the collar of the nagajuban is covered or wrapped with a haneri for decorative and/or cleanliness purpose.

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Haori. The haori is a loose-fitting, coat-like, knee-length garment. This formal-looking coat was originally worn only by men, but nowadays, it has become popular among women too. It is lightweight and generally used as a coat to keep the kimono clean.
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Re: Kimono and other clothing in Japan

Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:12 am
by sofiya
Here is another traditional Japanese kimono with a pretty sash called “obi”

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Re: Kimono and other clothing in Japan

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:35 pm
by sofiya
Tiny Japanese kimonos on the traditional dolls

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Re: Kimono and other clothing in Japan

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:39 am
by sofiya
Wearing a yukata can be difficult. Do you need some help with it? Someone to tell you all of the tricks? Then this article is just for you: How to wear a yukata – Japanese traditional summer kimono (

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Re: Kimono and other clothing in Japan

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:43 pm
by sofiya
Japanese outer robe called “uchikake”. It is worn on top of the kimono. This particular garment is very colorful and adorned with embroidered images of a crane – one of sacred animals in Japanese culture.

By the way, in modern Japan, the term “uchikake” is used only for the bride’s outerwear.

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Re: Kimono and other clothing in Japan

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:05 am
by sofiya
Men’s kimono. Its color palette is dark-blue. The obi belt is simple, comparatively to female belts, but the bow is charming and very masculine. This kimono doesn’t have many decorations at the outside but is embellished with rich embroidery at the inside.

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Re: Kimono and other clothing in Japan

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:33 am
by sofiya
Pretty patterns on modern Japanese fukuro obi – traditional belts worn with kimono. They are embellished with skillfully made embroidery.

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Re: Kimono and other clothing in Japan

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:02 am
by sofiya
Japanese homongi kimono. It is a festive garment – women wear it to parties, official events, or even weddings (guests use homongi, not brides). This particular kimono is used by females who are younger than 30.

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