5th Lesson: What else You Need to Wear a Kimono…

Today’s lesson will still be about kimono terminology. Yes, it seems to be endless, but I hope that you won’t give up. 😉 Besides kimono and obi you need a lot of other things for wearing it.

First of all you need an undergarment under the nagajuban which is called hadajuban (肌襦袢). There are three types. For beginners I really recommend the one piece type, as there are a lot of things you have to be careful of when you put on the two pieces type. The third type are pants instead of a skirt, but only Japanese traditional dancers wear this type.


(It was harder to take a picture from above than I thought.)

The following items I’ll summed up as so-called komono (小物, “little things”). For wearing a yukata you would need three himo (紐) and a dateshime (伊達締め). For all other kimono you need five or six himo, two dateshime, an obi-ita (帯板), an erishin (衿芯), a makura* (枕), an obiage*, and an obishime*.


*Depending on the type of obi you want to tie and depending on the tying itself, you may not need a makura, obiage, or obishime.

There are sets sold which include all essential komono to wear a kimono. Sometimes they even include a hadajuban. I highly recommend those sets for beginners. Nevertheless, please be careful not to order a furisode komono set!


(This is one example. You can find other at Rakuten. Sometimes there cheap sets offered at Shinei.)

By the way, you also can wear a kimono with one dateshime, but you will need another himo instead. In addition you need kimono clips, but clothes pins are fine, too.

kimono clip

In advance, you need tabi (足袋) which are Japanese socks with the big toe separated. There are lots of tabi with different color and pattern, but only the white ones are formal.


A normal tabi is buttoned up, but if you have longer feet than 24 cm, I recommend the tabi made of stretch material. Another item I really recommend are kimono hangers.


You need two of them, thus you can hang up nagajuban, Kimono, and obi. As you may not wash a kimono, you have to hang it up, so the sweat can dry. As Japanese climate is very humid, this is one of the steps to avoid mold.


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