Q&A #12: Is Yukata for ordinary use or for a special date?

 

Q: Aren’t you getting hot in all this clothing? (Juban, Kimono andHaori)

A: Yes, it would be hot in summer, but not in the other seasons. We have many kinds of fabrics and we choose thin/thick cloth depending on the temperature and weather. When it’s cold, we wear warm fabric. When it’s hotter, we wear thin fabric.

 

 

Q. Do you still wear a juban underneath the kimono when you wear hakama?

A. Yes, you should wear juban too, because it would be a formal situation when you need to wear hakama.

 

Q.  (In Hakama vide) Seriously, how do you go to toilet with traditional clothing?

A. In case of hakama & pee, hakama’s hem is wide enough to pull out the thing. In case of hakama & poo, untie the second knot in front, and take off the board on the back, so that your hip shows up.

 

Q. (About how to wear yukata) Is it for ordinary use or for a special date? Are they sold in Mexico? Regards!

A. Yukata originates from pajama after bath. So it’s casual. In summer (I think it’s always summer in Mexico) you can wear yukata in any casual situation like daily use.

Maybe it’s not on sale in Mexico but in the US, it’s on sale on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071J3PRG7/

My website ships overseas.

http://wkimono.tokyo/shop_category_item.php?lang=eng&type=yukataset

 

Q. Do you approve of foreigners wearing daily kimono? In America, there’s an idea of “cultural appropriation,” which means that it can be an insult for a foreigner to wear kimono. I’m going to wear a kimono for a wedding but I don’t want it to be offensive.

A. It sounds great that you’re going to wear kimono in a wedding 😀 I don’t think that’s offensive to Japanese. But maybe you could be careful of formal/casual difference of kimono. Yukata is a casual wear, and kimono cordination without socks(tabi) and jacket (haori) is casual. Wedding is a formal situation so you could wear kimono with haori, tabi and undergarment(juban) to make it formal.

Have you heard of Kimberly “Kim” Kardashian West’s “kimono” brand name issue? She tried to name her underwear-brand as kimono, and many Japanese kimono fans badly responded. That kind of things can be an insult, but it should be perfectly OK and moreover, it should make Japanese people really delighted if you just wear kimono! Enjoy attending at the wedding ceremony 😉

 

 

 

 

Paper pattern. All size for women. Men L, Men LL

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Making kimono by paper pattern

I want everybody to make kimono. I felt so. I made paper patterns, by that you can make kimono by just follwing the instructions without learning Japanese sewing.

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Merit & Demerit of making kimono from paper pattern

Support me if you’re satisfied.

This paper pattern is supposed to be on sale, but I put it in public to make kimono more familiar.

People say they can rarely wear it because it’s tens of thousands of yen per one kimono. I hope it changes from such formal existence to cloth that can be dirty, and with that they can go out anywhere.

This paper pattern reaches only few people in case of purchase, but I hope first many people use it, and some amount of money occurs from some of people who are satisfied.

I can keep contributing on the kimono world from now on by your support, and it will be given back to kimono fans as a result 🙂

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I set this amount as 100 yen but any amount is OK. 🙂

 

PDF Downloads

Please make a comment if you want any other size 😀

Woman S Size

Woman M Size

Woman L Size

Woman TL Size

Woman LL Size

Man L Size

Man LL Size

Trick of printing

In order to print out in a correct size, be careful of the following points.

  1. Gray scale printing.
  2. Actual Size
  3. Vertical
  4. Size A4

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Usage

Print out all PDF files. “sode.pdf” is for sleeves and please print out 2 times for left and right.

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Paste the same alphabet and nuber of each other such as “A1” and “A1” by scotch tape.

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Fold edge of one side along with dotted line.

Fix the fabric and the paper pattern by marking pins.

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Cut off fabric and paper pattern along with dotted line.

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Sew following “縫う順序_女.pdf” in the zip.

(Sorry about Japanese in the zip. I’ll make an English version in the future.)

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Sew follwing something like “N1”, “N2” and “N3” written in the paper pattern, and then it’ll be complete.

Detailed manual

I’m describing in the other pages for the details 😀 (I’ll translate them to English in the future.)

  1. PDF印刷から作る、型紙の作り方
  2. 型紙で作る着物 – 順序「布地にアイロンをかける」~「N2」
  3. 型紙で作る着物 – 順序「N3」~「N6」
  4. 型紙で作る着物 – 順序「N7」~「N8」
  5. 型紙で作る着物 – 順序「N9」~「N11」
  6. 型紙で作る着物 – 順序「N12」~「N15」
  7. 型紙で作る着物 – 順序「N16」~「全ての型紙をはずす」
  8. 型紙で作る着物 – 順序「N18」~「N20」
  9. 型紙で作る着物 – 順序「N21」~ 完成

Please feel free to ask questions and request, as this activity just started and description may not be enough. 😀

 

Q & A Vol. 11: What if my Yakata is too long?

 

Q. Is it hard to go to the bathroom when wearing one of these. Do you have to undo everything?

A. No, you don’t have to take off everything 😀 You strip only the bottom half of Juban (underwear) and kimono, so that your lower body is exposed.

 

Q. What can I do if my Yakata is too long? Can I fold the cloth around the waist up and tie the Koshihomo to fix it? Or should i cut the end … I don’t want to do that 🙁

A. Basically for men, we don’t wear too long yukata. But if you want to wear it, you could fold it at the center (around your weighst) by use of Koshihiko to fix. So what you think is correct 🙂 You don’t necessarily have to cut it.

 

Q. is it common to make a fold at the level of obi if the kimono is long?

A. Basically we men don’t do that, but in exception, if you want to do that, yes around obi, you could hide the unnecessary part. Different from wemen, we men should not show the fold.

 

Q. If the kimono is worn the other way round (right side over left), what does that mean?

A. If you wear it in a way of “right side over left”, that’s for funeral.

 

Q. You don’t put the koshi-himo the left side inside kimono hole cloth? Is that just for women or there are different ways? https://studio.youtube.com/video/S6EJ-wh1gD8

A. I didn’t use koshi-himo(string) in this video as you noticed. But it doesn’t matter whether you must or not use it. Koshi-himo is a part of underwear and nobody can see. It’s alright as long as kimono and juban is beautifully fixed.

 

Q. do you wash a cotton kimono and after that you iron?

A. I don’t iron but I wash my cotton kimono by my washing mashine with “dry” (gentle) mode. Because it soaks my sweat. kimono is heavy enough not to iron

 

Men kimono Q & A Vol. 10: What’s difference between yukata & Kimono?

Hi, I’m answering questions from Youtube comments as usual 🙂

 

Q. How much thus it cost to wear a kimono as a tourist in Japan?

A. https://kr-aki.co.jp/user_data/english this says “Adults ¥6,480 (yukata for ¥5,400)” for rental kimono. If you buy ready-made kimono, it would be like 20,000 to 40,000 roughly totally at like https://tansuya.jp/shop/kanto#Tokyo-West . If you buy made–to-order kimono, it’ll be like 70,000 yen and more, at like http://www.kimonosugata.info/ .

 

Q. Is it possible to rent a kimono in Osaka?

A. Yes, I saw some shops by googling “osaka kimono rental” 😉

 

Q. Fancy. looks sharp. does kimono get hot?

A. thanks. Yes, in summer I’m hot when I wear all of Juban, Kimono and Haori. But when it’s hot, you don’t have to wear everything. You can wear only Kimono if it’s cotton or linen, in summer. Or you can wear Yukata (casual kimono that used to be pajama).

 

Q. Thank you. About size, if I have a large juban then should I get a large kimono? Is the kimono longer?

A. Sure 🙂 Yes, basically kimono should be longer than Juban. It’s a little embarassing to show juban from kimono’s sleave and hem. But if the kimono is too big, that’s what you should avoid most. We should think of the balance.

 

Q. What’s the difference between kimono and yukata?

A. Yukata originally used to be used as pajama after bath, in Edo era. Nowadays it’s worn when it’s hot, especially in traditional events such as watching fireworks and dance festival (Bon-odori). Yukata can be used only for a casual situation as it originated as pajama. Kimono is worn in every situation except for the above, and it’s used in casual and formal both.

When it comes to fabric and color, tipical yukata is made of cotton, though recently linen is also used. And combination of white and navy are used in typical yukata often. Many other kinds of fabric and color are used for kimono.

Even Japanese wonders what the difference between yukata and kimono is.
In summer, many japanese wear yukata for watching fireworks and dance festival, but usually don’t wear kimono, that is sad for me.
I myself wear kimono and go to Starbucks usually, and the staff asks me if I have such events like fireworks. Many Japanese people already can’t tell the difference…

My activity is to make kimono more popular among normal Japanese people.

 

 

Q & A about kimono for men Vol. 9

Hi, I still get questions on my youtube from the world, about men kimono lol

Here’re the questions and answers 🙂

Q. Do you wear anything inside the first layer of kimono, because that is too layered

A. I know lol , you don’t have to wear inner shirt in Juban (the first layer) if it’s hot. when it’s cold, you should wear something inside. But don’t you wear inner shirt, normal shirt, sweater, jacket and coat when it’s cold? it’s like that 😉

 

Q. how do u wear this in summers ! is it not feel hot inside?? 3 parts :[

A. I wouldn’t wear this type of kimono in summer. That would be really hot. I wear only thin kimono, but without haori and juban. Or in a really casual situation, I wear yukata.

 

Q. Domo arigatogozaimashita. I am in Tokyo right now as a first time tourist. Your video is very helpful. Do you have any recommendations as to where the best place to buy kimonos? I am staying in Shinjuku area. Thanks.

A. Hi, it depends and I’m explaining some cases.

Reasonable price online: https://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/kyoetsu-orosiya/

Excellent tailor-made shop in Kanagawa prefecture: http://www.kimonosugata.info/

Second hand shop: http://www.subnade.co.jp/shop/hobby/tansuya.html

Good luck and enjoy Japan life!

 

Q. What is that people say 12 layer kimono?

A. 12-hitoe (12 layer kimono) is worn by noble women abut one thousand years ago. The current kimono was formed by people in all classes about 200 years ago. They are different from each other.

 

I hope you have a good kimono life 😀

Q & A about kimono for men Vol. 8

Hi, here are questions on Youtbe and Facebook, and my answers.

 

Q. Why those Sleeves are so big?

A. In my understanding, the higher class you belong to, the longer sleeves you have. You can employ servant if you in a high class, and don’t have to do washing, cooking and cleaning, that can dirt your sleeves.

You can tell that from Japanese historical movies. Physical workers have shorter sleeves generally.

 

Q. hahaha its hot to wear …..

A. Right, it used be colder than now in Japan. 😀

 

Q. its hard to go in a bathroom or using a bathroom

A. It’s not to hard, it’s easy. But I don’t want to show how I use a bathroom on youtube :p

 

Q. I am looking around on all the websites for second hand kimono, but I am worried nothing will fit well.
(He said to me his size, and he’s taller than normal Japanese men)
With my measurements, it seems difficult to find a good second hand kimono. Is there a course of action you maybe able to recommend?

A. I’m 178cm tall, and it’s hard even for me to find a second hand kimono because old people in Japan were shorter than now. How about Oatsurae(made-to-order)?

if you need a formal (silk) kimono for tea ceremony, I can introduce a good shop in Atsugi-shi Kanagawa-ken (http://www.kimonosugata.info/) for you, which may cost 35,000 yen and more. If you just need a casual one for only lessons, I can make denim or cotton kimono, which may cost 20,000 yen and more.

As you may know, even Japanese people don’t know how to start Kimono experience, and are afraid of failing shopping like buying too expensive ones. So I think my role is to answer questions from starters.

Also, I myself say to beginners that you don’t have to start with such expensive order-made kimono, but you can start with this machine-made one. https://item.rakuten.co.jp/kyoetsu-orosiya/otokomuji04/ I have one from this shop, but the quality is enough good but the price is…. only about 5,000 yen! 😀 It may not perfectly fit your size but you could also start with this kind of light stuff (I mean small start).

The above kimono is polyester, and you cannot wear it in a really formal place. But sometimes I hold tea ceremony and wear polyester kimono as long as it’s not toooooo formal lol And 2 months ago, I had my own wedding, but the kimono was polyester lol Nobody can tell actually.

Q & A about kimono for men Vol. 7

Hi, I still get questions on Youtube and Facebook.

This is the answers for your information 😉

Q. is there anywhere in tokyo to get 2nd hand mens kimono?

A. Hi, http://tansuya.jp/shop/kanto/index.html#Tokyo-East

These shops are good

which one is the most offordable or cheapest?

generally the farther from center of Tokyo, the cheaper

 

Q. I would like to know if you had any information on what kimono, juban, and Haori colors to wear and when to wear them. Thanks in advance.

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If you think of kimono parts as western fashion, it’s like this.

  • Kimono : Shirt.
  • Juban: Underwear & shirt’s collar
  • Haori: Jacket

Based on this thinking way, you don’t have to wear underwear if don’t feel so. But if there is no collar on your shirt, it’s casual.

Without shirt, you’ll be naked or show your underwear, that is awkward.

You don’t have to necessarily wear jacket always. If you want to dress up or go to a formal place, you wear a jacket, as you know.

About colors, you can wear any color you want in a casual situation. But in a formal situation, our kimono culture is based on Edo era, which is about 400 – 150 years ago. In this time era, color and design used be decided for each level of hierarchy such as Samurai, Farmer, Craft man and Business man and so on. Edo government strictly restricted what to wear on each level.

Also, in tea ceremony, subtle color and design are thought of as good.

We still have sense of color and design similar to the above. If you cannot decide what color you should wear for Haori, you won’t be in trouble if you choose something like no design(plain) and black/brown/navy/gray color.

In our younger generation (I’m 37 but really young in traditional field), we’re so afraid to be told off by older generation if we do anything wrong. I hope you won’t be in trouble 😉

 

Q. you look great in kimono.by the way how often people wear it in japan normally in daily life?

A. Thank you. I myself wear kimono once a week at lease, but almost people don’t know how to wear kimono though they want to, and don’t wear it at all…

 

Q. Can wear Hakama over Kimono with Haori?

A. Yes, that’s the most formal way  to wear. 🙂

 

Q. No hakama?

A. That’s right. In a formal situation you should wear hakama. But in a daily life, you don’t have to. It depends on what your fashion type is. I myself prefer no hakama type because it’s more chic.

Q & A about kimono for men Vol. 6

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I got more questions at youtube comments lol. Here’re the answers.

Q. Can men wear more colorful kimonos? I don’t really like brown/blues :s

A. Yes, you could choose a little more colorful kimonos. But people here would think like “ah that man is a foreigner. He’s different from us but that’s also good.” Or if you were a Japanese, they would think “that man doesn’t know how to coordinate kimonos…omg” lol It’s up to you cause it’s fashion nowadays 😉

Q2. Thank you!!! I’m from Paraguay, and Japanese people thinking I’m just foreigner is super fine to me 🙂 thank you!!!

A2.  I see. Then it’ll be alright, and you’ll add more style to Japanese fashion. Good luck!

 

Q. why so many layers? what is the history meaning and reason for each layer and belt tie???

A. As for kimono for men, I don’t think there’re many layers. There’re just Juban (underwear) and Nagagi(Shirt). It’s similar to Western fashion, isn’t it?

Belt tie used to be a thin string before such as 1000 years ago, but little by little it became thicker and now it’s big 😀

 

Q: but Samurai Jack has just one piece of clothing

A: That may be simplified for animation. Sometimes you wear a jacket, sometimes you don’t, do you? It’s like that. If you don’t wear a jacket (Haori, in this case), it’s casual. If you do, it’s formal.

 

Q. Is it seen as strange if someone wanted to wear the haori jacket by itself with other clothes? I gues what im wondering, is it strange or not polite to wear just the Haori or is it just fine?

A. No, it’s not that strange. Sometimes I see people with western fashion plus Haori, which looks like “like-Japanese”. Do you see what I mean? lol When people want to wear Kimono or something to show “Hey this is a day for Japanese culture” like festivals, they just wear Haori. Or some shop staff selling Japanese things do like this, too.

 

OK, Good luck, everybody! 😀

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! 😀