Kimonos

Unique Obi Styles

Today I’d like to introduce a few unique Obi styles for kimonos. Suehiro Musubi The Suehiro Musubi Obi style is used for the Furisode, a style of kimono distinguishable by its long sleeves that go right to the ground, to celebrate the significant point in a young woman’s life. It is one of the most […]

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Culture/History | Kimonos

Yukata

What is Yukata? Yukata is a traditional casual wear mostly worn in the summer and usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric, which is different from Kimonos. In old days, Yukata was worn by people after taking a bath to cool down like we still do when we go to Onsen, a hot spring. You […]

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Culture/History | Kimonos

Kikyo (“Japanese Bellflower”)

What kind of flower is Kikyo? Japanese bellflower, Kikyo, is a vivid purple, five petal flower which is the symbol of unchanging love, honesty, and obedience. Kikyo is often used as patterns in Kimonos and Obi, a belt for Kimonos, and also used as family crests (“Kamon” in Japanese) which is called “Kikyo-Mon.” The flower […]

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Culture/History | Kimonos

Nagoya Obi

What is Obi? “Obi” is a type of belt, typically tied together rather than fastened with a buckle when wearing traditional Japanese clothes, Kimonos. Like normal clothes, you need to dress up appropriately and fit the occasion when wearing Kimonos. There are many different Kimono styles depending on seasons, occasions, etc. so a bit of […]

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