10th Lesson: How to measure yourself

Hello everybody!

Sorry for my long absence, but summer and autumn had become very busy. Now it turned December and the best season in Japan has already started – (not winter, but) the awase season (2nd lesson)! However, when you want to buy a kimono, of course you should buy the right size.

It is said that you can wear a kimono best when the mitake (身丈) is the same as your height. A mitake +5cm or -5cm your height is ok, although I can’t really recommend -2cm or shorter.

The yuki (裄) is very hard to measure, so you will definitely need help to do this. Put your arm 45° to your body and measure from the middle of your neck to wrist. If you want a personal opinion about yuki is that I don’t really care about it. Yuki has nothing to do with wearing a kimono properly or not. You should decide by yourself, how long or short a yuki can be that you still feel comfortable.

Maehaba (前幅) should be the width from hip bone to hip bone -0,5cm to -0,8cm. You can adjust a long maehaba while putting a kimono on, but don’t buy a kimono with too short maehaba. You can adjust it to a certain degree, but I would never recommend that for beginners.


A last piece of advice: it is never inconvenient to know bust, waist, and hip girth. Stupid kimono lovers like me always carry their sizes with them – just in case they might find a cute kimono or kimono-cloth (tanmono 反物) somewhere. 😀


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