Q & A about kimono for men Vol. 5

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Q. I was wondering something, it’s about the belts… if you’re going to eat or sit down or something while wearing a kimono, won’t those belts being so tightened, make your belly hurt or have bad digestion? Just curious since you seemed to tighten them up very hard haha. Maybe it’s just might imagination, but i’m still curious.

A. Ah good question 🙂 I sit down and stand up many times while I wear kimono, but I haven’t felt that way by sitting down. I think that’s because the tightened part is not the center of waist but it’s the bottom area of waist. It’s like putting your stomach on the belt. When I first started to wear kimono, I didn’t know this trick and had kinda stomach ache when I wore kimono all day.

 

 

Q. I’m looking to buy a haori or something of Japanese origin for my husband. We have a Japanese wedding to attend and would like to dress in Japanese outfits. Can you suggest where I can buy one or do you sell it? I’m looking for a yukata for myself.

A. I make and sell kimono but it’s order-made and expensive, so I would recommend another shop to sell ready-made products. If you search by “kimono men” on rakuten global, you can find some products; http://global.rakuten.com/en/search/?k=kimono+men&l-id=search_regular

What do you think? 😉

Also, as for your yukata,

http://global.rakuten.com/en/search/?k=yukata+women&l-id=search_regular

 

 

Q. Can you make a DIY video of a men’s yukata or kimono?

A. Well, I’m sorry but the length of such a video would be more than two hours if I explain how you make kimono/yukata. It takes so much time. Making Obi belt doesn’t take that time so maybe I could make a video for obi 🙂

 

This is kimono you should NOT buy in Japan during your travel

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Normal Japanese people think…

Hi, are you thinking of travelling to Japan, or have you traveled in Japan?

If you look at the above picture, please be careful. This is not true kimono. This is just for souvenir. This picture is what I took when I walked in town the other day.

Image about foreigners

In the travel industry in Japan, sometimes they sell something wrong; what foreigners imagine as “Japan”, like Geisha, Maiko, Ninja, Samurai and etc.

The above picture has Geisha or something. But we don’t actually wear it ever, in our daily lives.

So, when people like me, who isn’t related to travel industry in Japan, talk about souvenirs for foreigners, we’re quite sad that wrong “Japan” is on sale.

Our main understanding about travelers is “people who buy wrong stuff via travel industry dedicated for foreigners”.

Kimono which usually Japanese people wear

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Sorry but what I can show you for now is only my pictures.

Especially men kimono doesn’t have much picture and it’s very subtle.

 

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This is what I gave the Danish friend as a present. Can you see there’s no picture on Kimono body and the jacket? But only the belt has picture of cat – actually this style of the belt is already too much as men kimono and it’s kinda pop culture.

 

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The next example is me, the left one in the above picture. There’s no picture on the kimono body but pumpkin is drawn on the belt. Usually this is too much but the day was near Halloween, so it was on purpose.

Also, please look at the two women. Their kimono bodies have certain repetitive patterns of nature like maple and flowers. These are traditional and acceptable as pictures on kimono. The patterns match nature and seasons, and our history. We don’t draw human on what human wears 😉

 

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Lastly, this is what I wear on my daily situation. There’s no picture on belt nor jacket, and Kimono body has the small patterns (it’s called Komon 小紋 or Kasuri 絣). And only the collar has visible pattern, which is too much for some formal situations, but it’s OK in casual.

 

So, please consider very much before you buy kimono in Japan! 😀

Q & A about kimono for men Vol. 4

Hi, as usual, I copy and paste Q&A from my youtube comments.

 

This is not about kimono, but I was asked about tofu, lol.

Q: May I ask you… how much tofu do people normally eat? How often during a week?

A: I eat tofu almost everyday. it’s cheap. I buy it twice or three times a week.

 

Q1: can I wear作務衣(Samue) as the Juban?

A1: 1. If it’s casual situation, yes. For men kimono, the basic purpose of juban in appearance is to show collar. Samue also has its collar, so you can show Samue’s collar instead of Juban’s collar. But if it’s formal, the material of Samue is too casual and people around you will notice you don’t wear Juban through your sleeves and bottom edge.

 

Q2: does作務衣(Samue) goes with作業袴(SagyouBakama)or野袴(NoBakama)?

A2: 2. Kind of Yes. Top half of samue looks similar to normal kimono, except for string of Samue. Maybe people won’t notice actually you wear Samue. Especially SagyouBakama is used for casual situations like cleaning, and NoBakama is like for riding a horuse, so people wouldn’t care 🙂

 

Good luck for your kimono life! 😀

Q & A about kimono for men Vol. 3

Hi,

I got two more questions on the youtube, and am sharing the answer here.

Q: So interesting, thanks! Who wears the kimono nowadays? When is it normal to wear it? Thank you very much in advance.

A: Hi Sandra, thank you for the compliment 🙂 Nowadays a part of Japanese still wear it usually and all of Japanese sometimes face occasions to wear kimono.

A part of Japanese: we just like to wear it and go everywhere like cafe and even a workplace! 😀 Another part of Japanese: we learn Japanese culture like tea ceremony and traditional dance and, arrow sport. In order to correctly behave and move our bodies according to the culture, we have to wear kimono. Especially how you walk is totally different from when you wear western cloth.

Sometimes all of Japanese: when you want to have Japanese style wedding, you have to wear kimono, both of husband and wife. And when you grow up and your age is 3, 5 and 7, you go to shrines to celebrate the growth. There the children have to wear kimono generally.

 

Q: can you wear it without the haori?

A: Yes, you can. Generally it’s more formal to wear haori, but you don’t have to in a casual situation. It’s like you wear a jacket at a formal restaurant or ceremony in western culture. Also, there’s a special rule that you should NOT wear haori in a tea ceremony room though it’s formal.

 

I hope they’ll help you understand more about kimono 🙂

Q & A about kimono for men Vol. 2

Hi everybody,

I get some questions and answer them every week, and am sharing them so people around the world can know it.

It seems that there’s no detailed information about how you wear and coordinate kimono and yukata in English.

Q. Juban means underwear? So in the old times, no underwear on the bottom? right?

A. Yes, Juban does mean underwear. But yes, people do wear underwear on the bottom, which is Suteteko. It looks like this; http://www.uniqlo.com/us/search.html?q=steteco

 

Q. Should the tabi (socks) colour match the nagajuban collar colour? I only have white tabis and black nagajuban..

A. Oh there’s no rule and you should wear what you want. But let’s think of it from coordinate perspective; what if you wear black tie and white socks in western fashion? I don’t think that coordination isn’t bad, though there may be other better coordination. It’s up to you 😀

 

Q. Could you show how to fold a yukata/kimono and other cloth. Does the Yukata need to be iron before folding. (How to iron) Arigatō gozaimasu

A. Well, you can wear Yukata without a juban. Usually we don’t wear a juban in yukata. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERQ8JKuqMxs This is how you fold a yukata/kimono for men in Japanese but what do you think?

We hang yukata/juban on a hanger right after washing, and you don’t have to iron because it becomes straight because of its weight when it’s wet. But if you still see wrinkle on yukata/kimono, this is how you iron. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKxoxZ-OOmc

 

Q1. I have recently bought a second-hand kimono to wear during tea-ceremony, but I have a few doubts. Can I ask you a couple of question? When you wear a hakama on your kimono, do you have to wear necessarily a haori too?

A1. No, it’s not necessary. you can wear hakama without haori and visa versa.
But as you may know, in a tea ceremony room, it’s rule to take off your haori before going into the root, and to wear hakama always from your home to the room.

Q2. And does your hakama cover all the obi, or do you leave a little bit out just to show it under the hakama?

A2. The latter is correct. Please show a little bit of obi. FYI, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ7Rd9wSV3Y

And other compliments

  • goood
  • thank you for this, i am sansei, but i wasnt really taught most stuff, so i learn some stuff from youtube. it helps to connect to my heritage. very good video
  • Thanks for the useful video!
  • very beautiful. thank you for sharing
  • Very nice and kawaii.
  • I’ve watched your video on how to wear a kimono and appreciated it a lot.

 

You can ask me questions on Facebook Page message or a comment here any time you want to, so that I share it on this blog and people can know it!

 

Event Not to wear Kimono, every month, somewhere in Tokyo, with Kimono shop owner.

original (2)参照:tabelog.com

Everybody is a beginner at the beginning.

As you may know, Kimono culture is getting small nowadays. So many of people who love kimono, hold events like ‘hey get dressed with kimono and get together!’, but this doesn’t work well though I used to do it some years ago.

This is because people with no experience of Kimono, don’t have kimono, don’t know how to wear it, don’t know where to buy and what to buy, don’t know what price is appropriate.

So a new idea came up on my head; I hold an event where people gather without kimono (with Western style clothes), and talk about the above points.

I started this last year and have been doing it once every month somewhere in Tokyo like Starbucks. In the beginning only one person came but recently 8 to  9 people come.

Even though my job is a kimono shop but you don’t have to pay for the event, because I think I need to cultivate this shrinking kimono market first.

If you live around Tokyo and are interested in Kimono/Japanese culture, you could make a comment or send a message on Facebook Page , or email me.

 

This time we’ll go to the restaurant.

MishMish@Ginza

original参照:tabelog.com

 

original (2)参照:tabelog.com

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Details
  • Reservation necessary: Please make a comment or send a message on Facebook Page , or email me.
  • Date: 2016/7/23(Sat) 6PM start. 3 hour seat.
  • Place. MishMish @ Ginza
  • Fee: What you eat.
  • Dress code: None. Kimono/western doesn’t matter.

Questions & Answers about Kimono, on Youtube video

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Q & A

Hi guys,

The other day I created this video about how you wear Kimono for men. And many comments were made to ask questions about Kimono. So I gathered and summarized the questions and answers.

Q. the juban is optional??

A. No. Everytime you wear Kimono, you should wear juban under kimono. Otherwise it’ll be interpreted as you wearing yukata instead of Kimono.

 

Q. Hello, can you say a name of the music, please??

A. Hi, this music is what I created for this video as background music. here it is 🙂
http://wkimono.tokyo/data/20150804kimono1.wav

 

Q. nice thanks for the tips but i have some question about the obi cause i see that girls have a node in the back when you plaice it

A. ok, if you make a comment here or email me info@wkimono.tokyo, I could answer.

 

Q. how would you wear it if the kimono is a bit longer? I’m a bit short for it……. I need help and btw this video is very useful

A. If you’re a man and the kimono size is different, you shouldn’t wear it or should order to fix the size. What part is longer like bottom or sleeve? If bottom is a little longer, you could roll a stomach part inside Obi belt. 😉

 

Q. Can a non Japanese where this? ( I’m Australian but living in Kyoto)?

A. Of course they can wear kimono even if they’re non japanese 🙂 Especially we often see foreigners wear kimon and walk outside in Kyoto. You can contact me when you visit Tokyo 😉

 

Q. I love this tutorial! I’m just fascinated with the Japanese culture! However I’m African American and I was wondering if it were to be ok for me to wear kimono? People here in America say it’s racist. 🙁 I really wanna wear one?

A. so you live in America and people there may say that’s bad? Well, I hope you can wear it and it’s alright 😉

Q2. It definitely depends on the group of people you’re with/around. From what I’ve heard, you’re more likely to get odd looks/assistance from Japanese individuals if worn wrong than have someone being offended by you wearing the  kimono wrong.

A2. I see some people feels it’s odd but some people feel it’s ok. Yes, if you wear kimono in a very wrong way, you may look odd. But the wrong part isn’t that big, it’s ok and you don’t have to be perfect 😉

Compliments

Also, many people praised the video and I summarized it as follows.

  • very beautiful. thank you for sharing
  • Many thanks for this video! I Brought two Kimonos from Japan and I was trying to learn how to tie the obi! You explained it very well!
  • It’s an elegant, refined outfit that reminds me of a classical western formal suit and its code of wearing. The collars, the fold, the tie, and all that. I suppose the desire to codify and refine fashion is universal.
  • thanks I have a history project on Asia and I did kimono and some yukata
  • Am wesring it on my birthday. So excited and its so beautiful
  • Very elegant ,arigatugozaimasu
  • it’s beautiful
  • i loooooove it!!!!!!
  • So handsome
  • Simple and practical. You teach very well. Arigatou Gozaimasu!!!
  • Sugoi! So fast! I usually take 15 minutes ~ and I wear kimono everyday …

You can ask further questions or contact me on Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/wkimonoglobal

Experiencing a Japanese Tea Ceremony in Shibuya

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先日の茶会@渋谷の英語版です。

Event of tea ceremony in Shibuya, Tokyo.

The other day I hold an event to make and drink matcha tea(powered green tea).

This is a test version and I just invited few friends of mine, but they invited their family and friends, so the party rocked 😀

Access

Here is the place. This building has a Japanese style room.
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The inside is like this. It’s typically Japanese style.DSC_0115

This building is right in front of PARCO, a shopping mall for younger generation, and GAP. This contrast of pop and traditional culture is kinda interesting.DSC_0023

Atmosphere

My friends are drinking tea and eating sweets. We talked a lot about small things like gossip, though a typical tea ceremony doesn’t allow that 😀2015-12-19-13-59-51_deco

My style of tea ceremony is very casual. Generally we Japanese are scared when it comes to tea ceremony, because some of experts of this field can tell you off if you do anything wrong. But in my event you can be relaxed and I could explain how you behave if you want to know.12363235_916421158446655_8472961115493693854_o

Making tea on your own

He sometimes makes tea at home though he hasn’t experienced tea ceremony. He liked this event in casual style.12370909_916421918446579_1429017560457926293_o

She doesn’t even makes tea nor attend tea ceremony usually. She was delighted to go into this world of Japanese culture. As you may know, Japanese people don’t have many occasions to be exposed to our traditional culture if you dare to try.10295047_916421198446651_1128758088077094698_o

She used to learn tea ceremony for 5 years since she was a student. She hasn’t done this for a long time after that, but she enjoyed it as she recalls what she learned and practiced.10604645_916421825113255_629632485192470898_o

This is me. I often wear Kimono, Japanese traditional clothes like this, even if I don’t do anything about Japanese culture the day. I even go to Starbucks in Kimono 🙂20151221chakai1

 

Sweets

These scones are what I baked. Basically we use Japanese-style sweets for tea ceremony, but this time is special because I wanted to make it casual. As I said, many of Japanese aren’t exposed to Japanese culture usually, and it’s kinda “new” to us, too. So if the room is new, behaviour is new, and tea and sweets are new, they might be tired. I westernised a part of it to relax them 🙂

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You could join us from next time on.

You could make a comment if you’re interested 😉

I could provide an explanation in English, about how you behave in this room, and how you drink tea and eat sweets.