Let's travel around the world with Yuko!
In this column, Yuko will introduce to you the national costume world wide.
The fifth season is Japan.

What is the impression of Japan over the seas? Speaking of Japan, I think the "Wa" shall be the most appropriate word, and "Wa" is also known as the ancient Japan. The impression of Japanese to you may be very introverted, that is because of the Japanese characteristic of "Wa", which they pay much attention to think of others. This time I'd like to introduce to you the "kimono", a kind of Japanese traditional costume that contains Wa-Japanese culture (mind of "Wa").

The kimono has long historical pass and inheritance, and is also the Japanese traditional culture that can be showed to all over the world.

From a long time ago, it began to transform various forms and finally becomes the kimono today. Although it is collectively known as kimono, yet it is extremely rich in variety, according to the difference in type, color and position of pattern, the wearing occasions are different. The patterns are mostly showed in the form of weaving and dyeing, and now most of them are hand-made one by one by craftsman.

Shiromuku) A formal kimono of highest courtesy which only can be worn by bride at the wedding, and they must be white.
Kurotomesode) A formal kimono for married women. Now they are often worn by the married female relatives at weddings or wedding receptions.
Irotomesode) A formal kimono for married women. Now they are also worn by the unmarried women.
Furisode)A long-sleeved formal kimono for unmarried women. Most of them have colorful and beautiful patterns.

Hakama) A pleated skirt covered from obi to feet which wears out of kimono. In the Meiji Era, they were worn as the school dress for female students, so they are often worn by women at college graduation ceremonies. And now the Hakama is also the formal kimono for men.
Yukata) The most leisure and simple kimono. Now they are mainly worn for summer and hotel use, and also can be used as the training dress for Japanese dance.

What do you think when Yuko put on the Japanese national costume?

The clothes contain the Wa-Japanese culture (mind of "Wa"). Aren't they the clothes filled with Japanese sensitive care and craft? If you put on the kimono, the Wa-Japanese culture (mind of "Wa") will grow naturally in your heart...

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