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Kimono making a comeback

Are Japanese fashion culture doing a 360 on their fashion sense by going traditional?

Some say its just another Japanese fad, others that its a way to regain national identity, or even shake off the blues of the financial crisis. Either way the iconic kimono is making a comeback in Japan.

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Kimono Fashion Show

I would like to own one someday. I just need to get USD10k out of my wallet, hold on.

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JWSF Kimono Samba fashion

I’ve blogged so much about Japanese street fashion, I feel like I have neglected the traditional aspect of Japanese fashion. Who says tradition has to be boring? The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation would like to digress and present you with their ultra hip fashion show utilizing kimono and it’s materials by a couture fashion designer, Chieko Yamaguchi.


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A step by step geisha make up guide

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If you are an intrigued as I am about geishas, thanks to Arthur Golden’s inaccurate rendition of an artisan’s life but beautiful no doubt, you will find this website rather useful. It’s not everyday wear unless you’re a real life geisha or if you’re getting married or you’re in a kabuki play but it’s something useful for halloween. If i were to play dress up, i’d dress up as a ghostly geisha and this step by step make up guide is definitely handy.

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Children’s Kimono

Today it’s going to be something cute and what’s cuter than children in little kimonos and hantens? Awww…


Small children, usually wear a hanten. Hantens are made of cotton and filled with a polyester filling much like a quilted jacket. So you just slip it on the child, zip/button it up and voila, ready to go. Hantens are very colorful and bright like the kimono however are very easy to put on the child. Hanten is usually unisex.


Young girls wear kimonos like an adult complete with matching accessories.


Young boys wears either a kimono or a happi coat. For formal occasions, the kimono is worn with a belt.

Source: Children’s Kimono

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Types of Obi

Obi (帯, おび) is a Japanese word referring to several different types of sashes worn with kimono and keikogi by both men and women.


Maru Obi

The maru obi is the most formal obi, with both sides fully patterned along its length. The classic maru obi measures 33cm wide. Maru obi with narrower width can be custom made for a petite client.

The maru obi is usually made of elaborately patterned brocade or tapestry, which is often richly decorated with gold threads. It was most popular during the Meiji and Taisho eras. However, due to its exorbitant cost and weight (which makes it uncomfortable to wear), the maru obi is rarely worn today, except for traditional Japanese weddings and other very formal occasions.


Fukuro Obi
The fukuro obi is a slightly less formal style than the maru obi. The fukuro obi was created in the late 1920s. The fukuro obi is made with a fine brocade or tapestry, which is patterned along 60% of its length on one side. The back of the fukuro obi may be lined with a plain silk or brocade, making it less expensive and less bulky to wear than the maru obi.

Even though the fukuro obi is not as quite formal as the maru obi, the fukuro obi can be used for formal occasions. The length and width of the fukuro obi is the same as the maru obi. Thus, fukuro obi can hardly be distinguished from maru obi when tied over the kimono.


Nagoya Obi
The most convenient obi today is the nagoya obi. First produced in the city of Nagoya at the end of the Taisho era (1912-26), the Nagoya obi is lighter and simpler than the fukuro or maru obi. The nagoya obi is characterised by a portion of the obi being pre-folded and stitched in half. The narrow part wraps around the waist, while the wider part forms the bow of the obi tie. When worn, a nagoya obi is tied with a single fold, while a maru or a fukuro obi, being longer, is tied with a double fold. Most nagoya obi is less expensive a maru or fukuro obi. Nonetheless, its design can be stunning.


Hanhaba Obi
The hanhaba obi is thus termed, as it has half the width of other obis. The hanhaba obi is a casual obi for wear at home, under a haori (kimono coat), with children’s kimono or with summer yukata.

The fabric and design of the hanhaba obi are simpler to reflect its use for daily wear. Some of the more ornate hanhaba obi is made from a former maru obi.

Children’s hanhaba obi is often in very bright colours. It is often made with stencilling technique, rather than an elaborate embroidery or weaving.

There is also plain black obi, which is often made with the finest silk woven with barely discernable pattern or design. Sombre, yet lovely, plain black obi is worn as part of the mourning attire.

In a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony, a bride will wear a white obi. In the Edo era, a widow may dress in all white to signify that she will not remarry. Thus, some very old white obi may not have been used for weddings.

Source: Japanese Lifestyle

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I found a website which sells kimonos online called i-Kimono. They have everything that makes up for a traditional Japanese outfit here from the undergarments to the various kimonos -used and unused. Lots of them are refurbished kimonos though, which is why they’re rather cheap at 4000Yen up. The site comes in English and Japanese, which makes them a pretty user-friendly and international site. They ship internationally as well, which is pretty cool. They accept visa, master card, Amex and JCB. They even accept Paypal too!

I don’t know who would buy kimono online (used or unused) because just like any clothes you should never get them online because there’s a fair chance they don’t fit you size wise and other variables. Maybe this one is just for people who wants to order kimono as part of their decoration. I saw a show downtown that has a row of pin up kimonos on their wall. It was very cool.

I personally would like to own a kimono, along with traditional costumes from other cultures like the Chinese, Indian and Thai. I think they have awesome traditional costumes.

Source: i-Kimono

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Japanese Geta

Geta is a traditional Japanese footwear that is often worn with a yukata or a kimono. It’s a cross between clogs and flip-flops. If you look at them, you’ll see that these footwear is no easy to wear as the wooden heels are placed in a position that most of us non-Japanese are not used to. While we walk in our shoes where the soles are flat or the heels are, well, at our heels, the Geta’s wooden base does not support the toes. I won’t get too much into the science of walking, let’s just say that to walk in a Geta takes some practice.

Sometimes geta are worn in rain or snow to keep the feet dry, due to their extra height and impermeability compared to other shoes such as zori.

There are several different styles of geta. The most familiar style in the West consists of an unfinished wooden board called a dai (台, stand) that the foot is set upon, with a cloth thong (鼻緒, hanao) that passes between the big toe and second toe. As geta are usually worn only with yukata or other informal Japanese clothes or Western clothes, there is no need to wear socks. Ordinary people wear at least slightly more formal zori when wearing special toe socks called tabi. Apprentice geisha, also called “maiko”, wear their special geta (called okobo) with tabi to accommodate the hanao. The okobo is very tall and is usually made with willow wood.

Types of Getas:





Source: Wikipedia

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1/3/2007 in 2007

G’day people!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great and safe holiday season. It’s about now that people are geting back to work or school, flicking on the PC and directing their browsers at 3yen to avoid doing whatever they’re meant to be doing, heh.

Well, we hope to make your procrastination worthwhile in 2007. Firstly, we have a new blogger in our ranks: The Expedited Writer! She’ll be writing here in as well as some other places on the 3yen site. I’ll still be here and around the site too, no fear.

We’ve also recently moved to a new server which never goes without a few hiccups, so apologies to people who have made comments that haven’t appeared on the site. They should be up there now and you shouldn’t need to wait to be moderated in the future. Just make sure you use the same name and email in all your comments.

Well then, that’s all of the admin stuff out ofthe way. Stay tuned for more Japanese fashion goodness on 3yen in 2007 :) To start you off: a photo.

Photo by Chidade

This was taken in Kyoto where there are dozens of businesses that dress you up as a geisha or maiko for a fee. Men can dress up as samurai or feudal lords. Except one man. Yes, the one on the right in the photo. He decided that the hakama is kinda boring and wanted to try his hand at those 10cm high geta that the women get to struggle on!

Ha, crossdressing was probably invented by the Japanese.


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