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“Kimono” which is a good old tradition of Japan. I wonder if there are many people who have worn it? In this article we will introduce the manners you want to know about “kimono”.

What is Kimono?

Kimono was originally called “things to wear”, meaning clothes. Kimono is also called overseas as kimono, and it is spreading internationally as traditional Japanese clothing. Way back the old times, the word “kimono” came out as a word expressing Japanese clothing for “clothes” which is the clothing worn by Westerners. In addition, the pattern of kimono expresses the aesthetic sense such as “Wabi-sabi” which the Japanese feels against the four seasons.

Kimono’s History

It is said that the origin of kimono is in the Heian era, and in the Heian era, kimonos are wear with straight cuts regardless of the line of the body (koshinzichi), and it is said that it is a form close to the current kimono. Temperature adjustment was done by overlaying and changing the materials. Especially famous is the female’s “Junichi Higei.” As customs that layered as this progresses, it has come to emphasize the colorfulness of coloring. In the Kamakura period, not only women but also men wears kimono. Men wears gorgeous kimono, it is said that military commanders and others were wearing particularly gorgeous clothes. In the Edo era, techniques for sewing kimono was improved, customs to convey kimono as descendants to descendants came out. In the Meiji Era, Western culture flowed in and cheap clothes came to begin. Among them, Kimono will be worn as clothes for each event, as a symbol of a family crest. And nowadays wearing only for each event such as a wedding ceremony, funeral, festival, etc. It has become mainstream, nowdays wearing kimonos in daily life is special.

Kimono Manner

Unlike clothes, kimonos are wide and long because the sleeves and hem are long, so every manner exist. If you can keep your manners right, items will come out in behavior.

Walking

When you are wearing a kimono, do not walk hunched back, you need the spine stretched firmly. The way of walking is an image of walking straight while applying a center of gravity on the toes with a little internal fortification so as not to drag the heel. If your a right handed hold your bag with the left hand and the right hand in the front to walk.

Stairs

When climbing up and down the stairs with kimono, raise the kimono a little with your right hand and prevent them from hitting the stairs. By doing this it will be possible to not step on  the kimono so it will be possible to go up and down stairs with confidence.

Cars

When entering a car with a kimono, first enter from the butt. Be careful not to ruin the shape of the kimono by sitting firmly. When getting out of the car, put it out your both feet first, hold the kimono and lastly remove the butt from the seat.

Eating

In case of meals, Japanese food has a manner too, but basically, let’s be careful not to hang the kimono sleeves at the table. If you take something or extend your hand, try to pinch the cuffs with the opposite hand. The same can be said at the tea ceremony.

Washing Hands

It is recommended to prepare clips to use before washing your hands. First of all, let’s clip easily the collapsible parts such as the chest and shoulders with clips. Then hold the kimono with his toes up and pinch the band, then pinch it. When you are done, just take off the pins

Lastly

There are many people who do not know how to stand to behave when wearing kimono, as kimonos do not usually wear easily. We hope that this article helped you.