The word kimono literally translates as clothing. It is the traditional and iconic Japanese clothing of the country of the rising sun. This Japanese clothing wraps around the body with the left side on the right side.
But Japanese fashion is much more complex. There are of course all the traditional clothes but also Kawaii style clothes with all their prerogative of colorful Japanese dresses, short skirts, high socks, scarves and cute patterns!
In order to help you in your choices, we are going to present you the different Japanese styles under all their aspects. And we are going to explain you how to choose your clothes according to their Japanese patterns, the cut and also a little bit of their history.
In our country, we have difficulty to perceive the subtleties between the different Japanese kimono for women. In order to properly choose your future Japanese outfit, you must first learn how to differentiate the styles of kimono and know when to wear them.
The kimono is an iconic garment from the land of the rising sun. It is a Japanese women's garment that has traveled through the ages but has survived the modernism of the meiji period! This authentic kimono is an official Japanese outfit that is worn by married women, at a graduation ceremony, during the celebration of the passage to adulthood or for certain Shinto ceremonies! It is also the privileged outfit of female geisha during the tea ceremony.
The traditional women's kimono must answer a certain number of codes. Simply wearing the kimono is not enough. It comes with several accessories. To respect this dress code, the woman kimono must absolutely be worn with :
The noble materials of the kimono are satin and silk !
Given all the parameters to consider when wearing a kimono, the Japanese invented yukata which is a form of casual kimono. Its origin dates back to the Kamakura period (12th century) where it was worn in Japanese onsen (public baths). The noblemen of the time used this Japanese habit to cover themselves when getting out of their bath !
From now on, yukata is worn on various occasions. It is still used as a Japanese indoor dress because it is pleasant and easy to wear. It is an ideal casual dress when you stay at home because the cut is ample. The short yukata is also used as a Japanese night dress. But it is also a dress for outside and especially during matsuri festivals. This light kimono is ideal for a romantic outing without respecting all the etiquette of wearing a classic kimono !
The traditional women's yukata is simply worn with a pair of geta or zori. This summer kimono is not subject to the same strict rules as the kimono. In fact, it can be worn without slit-toe socks during the summer period.
You still need a Japanese Obi belt. Here is a little tutorial on how to close it and tie the obi belt around the waist. Be careful however to always close the left side on the right side. The reverse is reserved for the deceased dressed in a white kimono during funeral ceremonies !
The kimono jacket is called haori. There are two ways to wear it. First of all over an authentic kimono for a traditional style. Or over a t-shirt or swimsuit for a summer style. This is a great piece to have in your wardrobe because you can literally wear it all year round with pants or jeans. This kimono style jacket can have short or long sleeves depending on the final style you want.
Accessories are essential to sublimate a traditional Japanese outfit.
The kanzashi comb is considered as a Japanese jewel which is worn according to the seasons. So depending on the month of the year the traditional Japanese symbols will change. There are more than six types of kanzashi hair pins:
Historically Japanese fans were worn by the samurai class during the feudal era, during Japanese shows (theater) or ceremonial dances. Today, it is worn with traditional Japanese women's and men's clothing.
Know that you have several choices of fans on our Japanese store :
This Japanese belt is essential to wear a kimono. To perfect your Japanese style, we advise you to wear it with a color reminder with the strap of your Japanese flip-flops !
In Japan, there is a real sock culture. It is quite common to take off your shoes when you are invited to enter a Japanese house. One is also asked to take off his shoes when participating in a traditional tea ceremony on a tatami ! In fact, one should have socks in good condition and not mismatched.
Split-toe tabi socks are essential for wearing geta sandals. But for a more fun and casual style with sneakers, we recommend printed socks. Be inspired by Japanese folklore or ukiyo art. Our socks go perfectly with a Japanese streetwear look!
Although made of wood, traditional sandals are comfortable. Just adjust the size with the colored strap. Japanese women's sandals are good for posture and eco-friendly. They will last almost a lifetime because it is possible to change the cotton strap when the strap is too worn out.
There are two main categories of traditional Japanese women's sandals. The geta sandals that have teeth under the sole and the zori. We advise you to always take one size above your usual shoe size.
The culture of the Japanese mask is anchored in the habits and culture of the country of the rising sun. Outside the Covid period, the Japanese society already wore a type of pollution mask called : masuku. Much more than a simple cloth mask, it is a fashion accessory with colorful and trendy printed mofifs.
For matsuri festivals, women and men wear a traditional mask with the effigy of kami or yokai. For example, the Japanese fox mask is worn during the Shinto ceremony of Kitsune no yomeiri gyoretsu, and the Oni mask during Setsubun. The J-pop Baby Metal band also wears this kitsune mask and mixes Rock, Kawaii and tradi style to follow the harajuku fashion. If you want a streetwear style, we recommend you to wear a half japanese mask. All our traditional Japanese masks for women are appreciated in the world of cosplay and fashion but you can also use them as a Japanese decoration !
If you are looking for a modern Japanese style, we offer you several choices on our Japanese store !
Kawaii fashion was born in the 80's in the Harajuku district of Tokyo. It was initially a student protest movement. Today, kawaii corresponds to everything that is cute in Japan. To give you some examples, pokemon, Hello Kitty, and Kirby are kawaii mascots.
To wear kawaii clothes, we recommend you to choose flashy and pastel colors. We have a whole collection of pink Japanese sweats with cute Japanese patterns. Add accessories such as ribbons, colorful makeup, ruffles, or tights to the printed patterns to complete your outfit.
The bosozoku were initially gangs of young students. Their history goes back to the fifties. They marked their time with their atypical Japanese biker style. Women's bosozoku fashion is characterized by dark Japanese clothing and embroidered or printed kanji prints. The symbols also represent Japanese demons, Noh Japanese theater masks, or cats with Irezumi tattoos. This style has inspired many manga and notably Akira or Ghost in the Shell!
A Japanese streetwear t-shirt is worn with an oversize cut. The match of colors is very important to perfect your style. We recommend you always make a reminder with a pair of sneakers or a cap for example.
The Japanese sweater is ideal for a casual or sportswear look but always with a certain style. All our Japanese sweaters for men and women have a mixed cut.
The meaning of the Japanese patterns has a deep meaning inspired by the history of the empire of the rising sun and Shintoism! Here is the meaning of the symbols you will find on the products of our Japanese online store.
🌸 The Sakura Flowers
It is one of the iconic symbols of Japan. It is often associated with other motifs. Japanese cherry blossoms even have their own festival: the hanami. It celebrates the ephemeral beauty of these flowers of Japan!
🌊 The great wave of Kanagawa
It is a symbol known even by initiated names. This Japanese print of the artist Hokusai has crossed the oceans. We can even see Mount Fuji in the background!
This vengeance demon is often confused with a classic Oni. This woman is consumed by desire, hate and love!
🦊 The fox demon
Also called kitsune, it is the most famous and recognized Japanese deity outside and inside the Japanese archipelago. The kitsune demon makes many appearances in manga (naruto in particular)!
👺 Traditional Japanese tattoos
Irezumi traditional art is printed on Japanese women's tee-shirts or on any type of streetwear women's clothing for the beauty of the layouts!
😾 The cat Oni: bakeneko
It is a demonic cat that is confused with the cat of luck. This demon cat is pictured with yakuza clan tattoos!
🐱 The lucky cat : maneki Neko
It is one of the icons of kawaii fashion. This cat approaches luck and good fortune!
🔷 Japanese geometric patterns
There are hundreds of them. They are embroidered or printed on women's kimono. Each pattern has its own meaning!
🐉 The Japanese dragon
He is a kami, a deity and the protector of the gods. It symbolizes wisdom and strength.
🎏 The Japanese carp
The koi carp represents courage and strength! It is the icon of the Koinobori festival.
🐦 The Japanese crane
It is also called tsuru. This Japanese bird symbolizes longevity and peace.
If you are lucky enough to travel to Tokyo, we advise you to go to the street of Harajuku. You will find there the best sources of inspiration in terms of Kawaii, Lolita punk, Gyraru or Hip-hop fashion trends.
If you don't have the opportunity in the coming weeks or months then we wish you an excellent shopping experience on Japanese-Temple.com.