1st Lesson: Kimono Terminology

Starting a new hobby isn’t easy at all. There are lots of things to remember and I’m afraid to say: kimono is one of the hard hobbies. Anyway, it gives you a deep insight into Japanese culture and way of thinking.

One of those deep insights into Japanese culture are the kimono terminology. Japanese people tend to be very exact, that’s why all seams, folds, and openings of a kimono has its own name.

kimono terminology

These are way not all of the terms, but I was trying to keep it as easy as I can (sounds sarcastic, but it’s not). And I’ve good news: you don’t have to remember them all. Just try to keep in mind where eri, kyo-eri, sode, miyatsuguchi, shitamae, uwamae, suso, yuki and mitake are.

By the way, mitake is only used for women’s kimono. Men’s kimono (男物 otokomono) call it kitake (着丈). The two terms are distinguished, because they’re based on different measures. A mitake should be equivalent to your own height (身 mi means body). Kitake on the other hand is the length from the middle of your neck to your ankles, which is the exact length to wear it (着 ki means “to wear”). Read more about the kimono sizes here.

Let’s have more insights into Japanese culture together! Stay with me and check out the next lesson.


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