The History Of Japanese Kimono

Discover The History Of Japanese Kimono

What Is A Kimono? Where Did The Kimono Originate? | Bunka Japan

Kimono is the traditional dress originate from Japan that is worn by both men and women. It has a long history in this country and have become an important part of Japanese culture. In this article yo

Bat Kimono - Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)

In the spirit of the season this month’s featured object is a Japanese kimono depicting bats flitting around a moonlit and cloudy night sky.

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What to Wear Under a Kimono? A Guide For Male And Female

When wearing kimono or yukata, is it better to have special undergarments? For kimono wearers in particular, many are not sure what kind of undergarments they should wear with it. Frequently asked qu

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What Is A Male Kimono Called? Guide To The Types Of Kimono Robe Men

Men kimono is a generic word like clothing. There are many different types of kimono for men. In the west, the Japanese men kimono is also called "Kimono Robe Men" or "men's Japanese kimono robe". Wh

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A single garment has dominated the Japanese style for generations: the Kimono. The kimono reflects the beautiful refinement of Japanese culture and style, illustrating that clothing should be much mo

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Answer by Eriol for Is it appropriate for a non-Japanese person to wear a yukata when going to fireworks?

As Imus has answered earlier, the (modern) expected dresscode for anyone is usually a yukata for summer festivals. This isn't always the case, especially for females, where yukatas can be considered

Answer by Imus for Is it appropriate for a non-Japanese person to wear a yukata when going to fireworks?

Starting from the culturally expected dresscode at these kind of events wearing a yukata is the most "normal" thing to do. Just like wearing a black (or really dark) suit to a funeral or a tuxedo to

Answer by FeralSquirrel for Is it appropriate for a non-Japanese person to wear a yukata when going to fireworks?

Mostly with Japanese friends As you have Japanese friends, would it not be an idea to see what their take is on the matter? I'm sure they'd be glad to give you pointers on what would be consider

Is it appropriate for a non-Japanese person to wear a yukata when going to fireworks?

During the summer, many Japanese people go to fireworks or bonodori festivals wearing a "yukata": source As a non-Japanese person going to such events, should I refrain from using a yukata? I'm


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