When you walk through the streets in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka or even Kumamoto, you’ll see that Japanese are so fancy and chic. And they change their look every season. Japan is a culture, where you dress depending on the season – maybe more than in any other culture of the world. Read more about the roots of Japanese fashion culture and the old Japanese calender.
“I bought a kimono and would love to go out wearing it, but I’m still not sure what shoes I should wear?” Read all about Japanese sandals. How are they called and what is the difference? And most important: how much do they cost?
A few months ago I started to teach the art of kimono dressing. Today I want to introduce 2 of my precious girls and show you how far you can come in just 3 lessons.
Probably the most special kimono among all kimono: the wedding kimono. What’s so special about it? How many kinds of wedding kimono do exist? And what do all those little items symbolize? Read all about the fashion of Japanese brides.
Last lesson I was talking that you always have to be prepared for the next season. A good reason to talk about summer kimono, I thought. Here we go!
When you wear kimono, you always have to be prepared for the next season. Making a kimono takes sometimes more than a month, so you should order your kimono, nagajuban etc. early. One reason why I always start to buy awase in August, although it was still in the middle of summer. 🙂
Haneri (半襟, “half collar”) is a decorative collar sewed on the nagajuban, that you can put the erishin inside it, before wearing kimono. Erishin is a long, plastic strip which hardens the eri and helps you to show your neck prettily.
Happy New Year!
2016 has just started. In January the big New Year’s Sale starts in Japan. If you ever come to Japan only for shopping, I highly recommend New Year’s and July. 🙂 Well, I did a lot New Year’s shopping, too, which inspired me to another lesson for my blog. And here it is! 😀
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.
There are lots of different kinds of shoes for kimono, but to make it easy, let’s call them zōri (草履) for today. I think the most of you know that traditional Japanese shoes do more look like flip-flop sandals. (Read more about zōri.) In the old Japan showing skin was very sexy, so most of the young ladies tried to hide skin as good as they could, so it wasn’t proper to wear those sandals without socks. Because of that socks with the big toes separate are made. These are called tabi (足袋).