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Outer wear for KIMONO (what is KIMONO Jacket?)

Outer wears for KIMONO can be broadly classified into two types: KIMONO jacket and KIMONO coat. KIMONO jacket is called “HAORI” in Japanese. The word “HAORI” is coming from Japanese verb “HAORU” (fling on). You wear it just like a jacket or cardigan when it is a bit cold wearing only KIMONO and OBI. Now, when you …

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IROMUJI

“IROMUJI” means a plain KIMONO of which background color is any other than black. For its fabric, there are two types: one is plain-woven type called “HIRA-ORI” and another is called “MON-ISHŌ-CHIRIMEN”, a crape with uneven woven pattern on its surface, suitable for formal occasions such as “KAN-KON-SŌ-SAI”. You can wear IROMUJI regardless of the …

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YUKATA

Today, let me talk about YUKATA which has already appeared several times in this blog. YUKATA is the abbreviation for “YU-KATABIRA”. “YU” means a bath and “KATABIRA” means a cotton HITOE for summer (check again this article for “HITOE”!), therefore, YUKATA was originally a summer KIMONO that you wear after a bath. YUKATA became popular in …

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KOMON & TSUMUGI

This time, I’d like to talk about “casual KIMONOs”. Although I am saying “casual”, we are not wearing them every day. As you see, the sleeves and hem of a KIMONO are not very suitable for doing housework, so, I should rather say “ everyday-stylish-KIMONOs” in which you can go out with friends to see …

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The Rank of KIMONO (Part 2)

Let’s continue the topic of the Rank of KIMONO from last time. Finally, let me tell you about informal KIMONOs such as “TSUKESAGE”, “IROMUJI”, “EDOKOMON”, etc… TUKESAGE means a KIMONO of which the pattern is relatively simpler than that of HOMONGI. IROMUJI means a KIMONO which is in a plain color other than black with …

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The Rank of KIMONO (Part 1)

This time, let’s talk about the Rank of KIMONO. Similar to the western dress code, KIMONO has also a set of rules depending on so-called T.P.O. (Time, Place and Occasion). If you are invited to an Imperial event such as the Medal of Honor giving ceremony or the Imperial Garden Party, the most formal occasion …

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Design of KIMONO

Last time, I wrote about the difference in the type of KIMONO depending on each season, today let me explain about the design of KIMONO. As you may know, KIMONO is traditional clothing characteristic of Japan, so Japanese culture is condensed in it.   In addition, highly delicate and outstanding technique of Japanese artisans are used …

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Sense of the seasons

For Japanese KIMONO, a sense of the seasons is very important. In June and September, we wear “HITOE”, a type of KIMONO which has no lining.   In July and August, we wear ”USUMONO”, a see-through type of KIMONO.       For other months, between October and May, we have a type of KIMONO which …

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