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Kimono accessories

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Kimono needs many accessories because it doesn’t have any zippers and buttons.

Usually use strings, sashes, and belts.

Kimono accessories have unique names.

So I’ll show you what they are.

 

Obi-makura

帯枕/obi-makura

obi-makura : obi pad / pad for obi

This is obi-makura. It is a pad for keeping the obi shape on the back.

This is obi-makura, a pad for obi to keep the shape of your obi beautiful.

 When you have “otaiko-musubi”, you need it.

 

 

Obi-ita

帯板/obi-ita

obi-ita : obi-ita board

This is one of the accessories for kimono to keep the front of the obi neat. 

Put it between obi layers to prevent from wrinkles on the obi.

 

 

Obiage

帯揚げ/obiage

obiage : obiage cloth

Obiage is a decorative long cloth covering the obi pad, and it supports the pad on the back.

You can use it as a scarf.

 

 

Obijime

obijime

obijime : obijime cord / obi cord / final cord

It is a decorative cord to hold the obi in place.

Obijime is a very important cord. Also it is a decoration.

It secures the obi itself and the obi shape by tying firmly.

 

 

Koshi-himo, kari-himo, muna-himo

腰紐/himo

 koshi-himo : koshi-himo string

 kari-himo : temporary string

 muna-himo : muna-himo string

This is koshi-himo string, the most important thing to wear kimono.

I tie this firmly. If you feel uncomfortable, please tell me frankly.

This muna-himo keeps the collar’s position.

You need “himo” at least three.

 

 

Datejime

博多伊達締め/datejime

datejime : under sash / sash belt

Datejime is a thin fabric belt to make kimono fit the body.

Dtejime secures the muna-himo string and kimono belt, and the collar’s position.

 

 

Kimono belt

コーリンベルト/kourin(kimono)belt

kimono belt (korin belt)

Kimono belt is very useful instead of “himo” strings.

The belt is easy for your body because it is stretchable.

 

 

Hada-juban

肌襦袢/hadajuban

hada-juban : underwear for kimono

Hada-juban is front open underwear for the upper body. It is usually made of cotton.

You can wear a camisole instead of it.

 

 

Susoyoke

susoyoke

susoyoke : susoyoke underwear / wrapped petticoat

Susoyoke is wrapped underwear for the lower body.

 

 

Hosei-yogu

補整用具/padding

hosei-yogu : padding

Padding is used for making the body flat.

“No hip and no waist” is one of the keys to wear kimono beautifully.

Kimono is sewn in straight lines.  

Dressing kimono is just like placing one sheet of cloth on your body.

 

 

Naga-juban

長襦袢/nagajuban

naga-juban : undergarment

Naga-juban is an undergarment for kimono.

Sophisticated kimono lovers enjoy changing the collar and choosing patterns of juban,

because juban is a undergarment showing partly.

 

 

Erishin

衿芯/erishin

erishin : interlining for collars

Inserting erishin interlining into the collar part keeps the form of the collar neatly.

 

 

Han-eri

半衿/haneri

haneri : haneri strip / exchangeable collar / decorative collar

Haneri is a exchangeable collar.

We’ll change the collar when we want to show our originality or when the collar got dirty.

White is a basic color. It reflects your face brighter.

 

 

Date-eri(kasane-eri)

伊達衿/date-eri

date-eri (kasane-eri) : layered collar / decorative collar

Date-eri is a decorative collar and mainly used for formal kimono, such as “furisode” and “houmongi“.

It adds gorgeousness to your kimono.

 

 

Sanju-himo

三重紐/sanju-himo

sanju-himo : a triple band

Sanju-himo is a triple band used for dressing “furisode”.

It enables you to create various shapes of obi.

 

 

Tabi

足袋/tabi

 

tabi : tabi socks / traditional Japanese socks / a pair of split-toed socks

First of all put Japanese socks on by using “kohaze”. Put your big toe into a small part and other toes into a big part.

*Kohaze : clasps / a piece of metal to put on “tabi” 

Fasten / unfasten clasps.

Ususally we don’t wear “tabi” when wearing “yukata”.

 

 

Zori

 

草履/zori

zori : zori sandals / traditional Japanese sandals

Traditional sandals for kimono.

hanao : sandal straps

dai : soles

“Hanao” can be adjusted according to your feet.

You can change the combination of “hanao” and “dai” to your favorite.

 

 

Geta

下駄/geta

geta : geta clogs / wooden clogs / traditional Japanese footwear

Geta consists of straps and wooden soles.

We wear them mainly for “yukata”.

In Japan, there is a custom to take footwear off when people enter houses. So “zori and geta” are very useful and easy to take them off and put them on.

 

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