Women (seijin-no-hi kimono)
Kimono is a traditional Japanese full-length robe, it is worn the most during special occasions such as weddings and tea ceremonies. We can see a lot of people wearing kimono, for example, during ‘seijin-no-hi’ (Coming of Age Day), to celebrates and to congratulate those who have reached the age of 20 years old. An age that shows that one has become an adult. These 20-year-old adults will wear ‘furisode’, a kimono with floor-length sleeves mainly made for the unmarried women.
In fact, for every occasion, there is a different kind of kimono. In the ancient times, in Japanese culture, it was important for a woman to know how to choose her kimono.
A small lesson about the different composers of a formal Kimono
On the other hand, the yukata is the summer version of a kimono. More casual and usually made from cotton and unlined. Yukata has brighter and more vivid colors, suitable to represent summer season. We can see men and women wear a yukata during ‘hanabi taikai’ (Fireworks) and ‘bon-odori’ festivals, a festival to honor ancestors’ spirits.
Please do not mistake outdoor ‘yukata’ with ‘ryokan yukata’, bathrobes that you can find during your stays in the Japanese traditional hotels called ‘ryokan’. The ‘ryokan yukata’ is more casual compares to ‘yukata’ you wear for ‘hanabi taikai’. The ‘obi’ belt of ‘ryokan yukata’ is a simple 3-inch wide cloth belt, and is usually folded into pentagon shape.
We can see that kimono and yukata have been worn by foreigners as well. Foreigners love to be involved in Japanese culture including enjoying Kimono wearing during seijin-no-hi and the vivid colors of yukata during summer. For yukata beginners, it might be tough to wear it. Follow the detailed guide for beginners.
Yukata itself is very easy to wear, but it is different for a traditional ‘obi’ – a colorful belt, folded into a butterfly shape. For foreigners, if you are planning on wearing the yukata by yourself, you better buy a ‘tsukuriobi’ – a ready made obi with a butterfly shape. You do not have to fold it, instead just attach the ‘tsukuriobi’ to the robe. ‘Tsukuriobi’ has a lot of wonderful colors, usually we choose one color that is similar to the yukata’s pattern.
From my own background, I remarked that the Muslim girls have learned to insert different vibration into the Japanese kimono and yukata to fit their religious beliefs. Instead of wearing ‘kamikazari’ – a Japanese hair ornament, they choose ‘hijab’ to cover their hair and at the same time being ‘oshare’ in kimono and yukata.
So, what do you think of Muslim girl with kimono or yukata? Does their arrangement still preserves the beauty and uniqueness of kimono and yukata? Looking forward to this summer festivals for my yukata trials!