Kanzashi is a general term for hair ornament, and there are a lot of types. While you want to avoid the super-fancy full-on maiko sets, so no one thinks you’re cosplaying a maiko, normal adult women can wear whatever they like, whether it’s the stick-pin type or the tsumami (folded silk squares) type or any other.
The picture shows the full-kit look maiko wear, and I’ll make a post of kanzashi for normal women in a minute. :)
As with kimono and obi, very bright and elaborate ones are for young women and become smaller and more sedate the older you get. Obvious seasonal motifs (red leaves for fall, etc,) should ideally be worn during or just before their respective seasons.
Photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/23314901@N06/4678805856/
I have no idea what they are cAlled but there were made if sweet potatoes and we ate them all! The sauce was sooooo sweet and sticky XD #sensoji #asakusa #tokyo
Aren’t they good? :D
They’re called daigaku-imo (“university potatoes”). According to my friends, the name comes from the fact they’re cheap and easy to make, so they’re a favorite of poor college students.
Winter obi of maiko Kanoka, Kanoyumi and Kanoemi - tortoise shell pattern (golden one), abstract plum blossoms (black) and tabane noshi (orange)
Beautiful shot of real maiko (apprentice geisha) with their distinctively long darari (dangling) obi knot, worn only by maiko. The obi themselves are special, unique ones made long enough to create this style, and feature a maiko’s “house” crest at the bottom.
Hi! Yukata are super casual summer-only cotton kimono and are actually never worn with a juban. Very, very expensive dressy ones can sometimes be corralled into “kimono territory” with the addition of a juban, dressier obi, tabi socks and zori (sandals that are dressier than wooden geta), but 90% of yukata are worn as yukata, sans juban.
Outside of John Marshall and his work, almost all of the info I’ve seen on the topic in is Japanese language publications. For example, Utsukushii Kimono (Beautiful Kimono) magazine usually has a monthly feature on an aspect of modern kimono production (hakata weaves, indigo dyes, etc.), if you’re willing to go through a translator.
Good news! Yukata are super casual summer wear: no nagajuban (under kimono) needed. Just a kimono bra or sports bra and a slip, skirt, or even biker shorts.
Use two koshihimo or simple fabric strips for ties (one to set the hem height and then one more under the chest to help keep the collar closed), add geta (no tabi socks) and an obi (with an obiita board or substitute in the front to keep it smooth) and you’re good. :)
Kimono trought time
Cute! This seems to be written for kids because it has furigana (how to read the kanji) over each one. Here’s what the pages are saying:
"When did kimono start?"
Top right: Nara Period
Top left: Heian Period - “The Japanese kimono was born in the Heian Period. At this time, both men and women wore a simple white kimono called a ‘kosode’ as their bottom layer with hakama pants worn on top. Women wore a lot of layers over their kosode: around five layers in the summer, and around 20 layers in the winter. The bottommost kosode is the beginning of the kimono we know today.”
Middle right: Kamakura/Muromachi/Azuchi-Momoyama Period - “During the Kamakura and Muromachi Period, women didn’t wear hakama, and wore beautiful kosode on top of their kosode. They also used obi to tie their kosode. During the Azuchi-Momoyama Period, they wore one more kosode on top.”
Middle left: Edo Period - “The Edo Period lasted a long time, so there were many types of kimono. By the end of this time period, kimono and obi had become the same as we see today.”
Bottom right: Edo Period
Bottom left: Meiji/Taisho/Showa Period - “In the Meiji Period, Western clothing came to Japan. However, during the Meiji and Taisho Periods there were still a lot of people wearing kimono. Now, Japanese people don’t wear kimono very much. They wear Western clothes. So when do you wear kimono?” (I’m assuming this would be answered on whatever page was next.)
This yukata commercial is a couple of years old, but it’s a wonderful look at real people wearing yukata, everyone from a baby to young guys, grandmas, and a pregnant woman!
The song is a sweet, sad one called “Anata Ni” by Mongol800 and is about someone missing the one they love.
Here’s my quick translation of the chorus they’re singing:
Anata ni aitakute, anata ni aitakute
Nemurenai yoru yume de aetara kangaesugite nemurenai yoru
Yume de aetara doko e ikou ka?
Anata ga iereba dokodemo ii yo. (Anata ni aitakute repeated)
I miss you, I miss you.
Sleepless nights, sleepless nights spent thinking too much about meeting you in my dreams…
If we do meet in a dream, where do you want to go?
I’ll go anywhere if you’re there with me.
I miss you, I miss you…