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Waso 和祖, Kimono dressing at HiSUi Tokyo

May 12.2020

How to get dressed in a Kimono!
The Kimono, the national dress of Japan symbolizes the traditional Japanese culture. The basic shape and way to wear has not changed in centuries! There are many layers, and a lot of steps until you finally wear a Kimono! In my opinion is near to impossible to get dressed by yourself! At HiSUi Tokyo, a Multi-Art school in traditional Japanese culture, I have got dressed by a professional kimono dresser.

First of all you put on the nagajuban 長襦袢, which is an undergarment, made of silk, to separate the Kimono from your body. The nagajuban has a collar which can be seen at the final result.

For a beautiful silhouette in a Japanese way (It is like in the European early middle ages, where curves were not an ideal of beauty), they stuff cotton wool over your breast. Now, you are ready for the beautiful Kimono Layer. They are many types and designs of Kimono and the dresser prepared a few from which I choose this one. Worn left over right, she used koshi-himo 腰ひも to tightly close the Kimono.

The final step is the obi 帯, the outer belt which is iconic for the Kimono. However, before the wrap you in the obi, you put on the date-jime 伊達締め, a wide sash to tie the kimono. I choose this beautiful green obi with the Japanese pattern named asanoha 麻の葉. They are many ways to tie the obi and the dresser tied it in the so called hanaikada 花筏, which means “flower raft” and refers to clusters of cherry blossom petals being swept along on the surface of rivers. Isn’t it beautiful?

You can decorate the obi 帯with an obi-jime 帯締め, which basically keep the obi in place. Most of them are expensive and handmade from silk.

Put tabi 足袋, socks with a separate big toe, and geta 下駄, traditional sandals on and you are dressed in the national dress of Japan.

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The information in this article is subject to change. This article was published in May, 2020.


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