445 Japanese Traditional Colors

 

Hi there Kimono fans in the world!
 

445 Japanese Traditional Colors is now ready
and enjoy finding you favorite tender colors:)
Also you can access from
 
top menu > About Kimono > Japanese Traditional Colors.
 

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The chart shows color, Japanese kanji character, and Japanese name in Rome character.
Some of those names came from nature and you will find interesting when you learn Japanese as well XD.
 
Also those colors were born from nature, so look so tender.
 
Hope you enjoy them!
 
 

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The efficiency of woman-friendly kimonos

Today, people wear a kimono mainly on formal occasions. They are required to wear them appropriately based on the time of year, place and occasion. Therefore, even most Japanese think it is difficult to know how to wear a kimono appropriately. However, sewing and dressing a kimono are actually very simple because it is originally rooted in common people’s everyday clothes.
 

A kimono is always made by cutting and sewing the cloth in a straight line. Roughly speaking, the dressing is quite a simple process of uniting front cloths and fastening an obi belt.
 
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Because the temperature and humidity in Japan are so high during the summer and cooler in winter, a shape and way of dressing a kimono has been formed.
 

Since Japan’s summer is quite hot, the parts called Miyatsuguchi (the slits on the body of kimono under the armpits) are loosened to increase its breath-ability.
 
 

By pulling back the collar(“Emon wo nuku” in Japanese), the back of the neck is exposed to wind.
 
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In addition, by making Ohashori longer, the kitake (dress length) is adjusted so it’s shortened to meet the ankles. Therefore the feet are exposed to the wind and feel cooler. Also, one’s stomach does not get cold as an obi is tied around the trunk.
 

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On the other hand, the way to wear a kimono in winter is by not pulling the collar back, making dress length longer, and wearing a Nagajuban (a long undergarment) beneath the kimono to block a cold wind.
 

Thus, kimono can be said to achieve an efficient function, especially for a woman’s body that generally does not do well in the cold.
 

In the old days, people unthreaded a garment and put floss silk between threads to make it even warmer. Thus, floss silk has a property of heat-retaining.
 

Along with changing of seasons in Japan, people also switch their clothing for summer and winter. It is called “Koromogae” where by people arrange their clothing according to the season and weather, air temperature, and their physical conditions. By doing so, health management can be efficient.
 

As just described, kimono has been preserved and developed by Japanese wisdom of coping with seasonal changes.
 
 
 

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It’s too late to start learning kimono in your thirties

 
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The way of enjoying a kimono life with real pleasure

 

“Experience kimonos in your late teens.
 

The best time to start kimono life is in your early twenties
and with a sense of adventure!

 

In your thirties, step up for the next stage by dressing maturely.”
 
 

The average age for women starting kimono life in Japan is in their thirties. But most people find that,  “It was too late !” after starting kimono life.
 

From the aspect of traditional garment, thirties might be the right time to get interested and start kimono life. Most people in their thirties have the money to spare for kimono, and the capacity to listen deeply to more traditional stories.
 

Then why do we recommend starting in early twenties? As you may know, kimono fashion styles are varying recently; they are not only like the traditional styles but more of a modern fashionable style. So, you had better try and learn as many kimono styles in your twenties; you take in authentic kimonos in your thirties and are familiar with refined kimonos in your forties.
 

You may sometimes come across a kimono style and/or colors that may have suited you in your youth, but now have regrets for a late start! Japanese tend to take into consideration one’s age when choosing something, though people overseas don’t care about it. However it is also true that there are colors and patterns suited for young people only.
 

Color tones are an important point as well.
 
 

For a simple example,
 

Red × yellowish green” are for teens and early twenties.
 

Dark red ×Dark green” are more for late twenties and thirties.
 

By changing color tones, we can make different impressions.
 
 

Similar color combinations are “safe” but can be boring. Try using complementary colors combinations for a playful touch! In most cases, it is said that color combinations for kimono are totally different from that of daily clothes, and you may find even an unexpected color will suit you.
 

We would like you to experience such kimono magic once in a lifetime.
 

Dear ladies in twenties, how about trying kimono as fashion?
 
 
 

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Valued 100 Meisen Kimono special exhibition, “KIMONO MODERNISM”

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“KIMON MODERNISM” special exhibition will be held in Roppongi, Tokyo.

Place: Senoku Hakuko Kan Museum
Address: 1-5‐1 Roppongi, Minato-ward, Tokyo
Period: September 26 (Sat)-December 6(Sun), 2015.
Open:10:00~17:00 *Enter by 16:30.
Closed on Monday.
Admission fee:Adult 800 JPY, Student 500 JPY.
Kimono Discount:Visit wearing a kimono and get 100 JPY discount!
 
 
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Meisen is a kimono cloth with a plain weave which is dyed before weaving. It was made in the Showa era from the Taisho era, and was born in the aesthetics transition from Art Nouveau to Art Deco. It features its bright design and use of color.
 

It was very popular and become a byword for fashionable kimono.
 
 
In these days, it is getting hard to find Meisen kimono even at second hand shops, so it is really worth to visit if you are kimono fan!
 
 
If you would like to visit there wearing a nice kimono to get “kimono discount” and enjoy dressing up, feel free to contact us for kimono rental arrangement and dressing service from here🙂
 
 
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The Role of Ohashori of Kimono

 

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For women’s kimono, kitake (dress length) is generally adjusted by folding the cloth at the waist, this is because mitake (length of clothing) is longer than kitake, unlike Western clothing. The folding part of the cloths is called “Ohashori”.
 

The history of Ohashori started around 150 years ago during the Meiji Era.
 

In the old days, cloths were quite valuable in Japan. Some upper classes wore a kimono with a long hem in order to show they were rich enough to afford a lot of valuable cloths. Then, they would walk trailing the hem whilst indoors and holding it up outdoors by tying an obi.
 

It is said that the folding of the obi has been simplified and has formed the current Ohashori.
 

Nowadays, we do not have to advertise our wealth by Ohashori. Still, there are two important roles of practicing it.
 

One role is the visual effect that the upper and the lower parts of the body balance each other well by the Ohashori line. The other is the flexibility to be able to wear a kimono beautifully and comfortably by adjusting Ohashori according to changes in body shape.
 

As a small child gets taller, for example, they can wear a kimono of appropriate length adjusted by the parent. Even an elderly person whom is bent at the waist and has a protruding abdomen can wear kimono by adjusting Ohashori in line with the body shape.
 

When a kimono is passed down from a mother to a daughter or from an elder to a younger sister, Ohashori can be adjusted according to the height of the person who wears it. Additionally, if one’s favorite kimono wears out, it has enough cloth to make adjustments.
 

Thus, Ohashori play a role in telling the importance of passing on kimono to be worn by future generations.
 
 
 
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vol.9 Yuh, aim to visit 100 countries worldwide

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After graduating from a hair and makeup beauty academy, Yuh embarked on a round-the-world trip – she has achieved the second time around already. She went to language school and honed makeup technique and returned to Japan a year later. She worked as a freelance hair & makeup artist, and is now traveling toward her goal. She was swinging between a working holiday and beautician’s license; she eventually decided to go to beauty school. She got licensed and took off for a second world trip for three and a half months. She studied abroad in 5 countries and visited a further 80 countries.
 

Blog:http://ameblo.jp/yuyuyuyuyuh/
Instagram:http://instagram.com/yuhkawasaki/?ref=badge
 
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You have a unique lifestyle being able to go abroad every month allowing to reach your aim of visiting 100 countries. Would you tell us how your interests have changed for travel?

 

When I was a student, I visited my friend in New York. I got a culture shock to know the difference of the face by various races! Then I thought I would like to do makeup different colors of people. So I didn’t work at a beauty salon as a staff and embarked all around the world for a year after graduating beauty academy. I had practical experience to do makeup local people in each country and studied beauty method.
 
 

You have an experience of studying abroad in 5 countries. Why did you choose those countries for language school?

 

Because I couldn’t speak English on my first trip around the world and wanted to study abroad during second trip.Although I thought I’d study for a year, but I might get bored with staying in only one country (laugh). So I decided to change schools and take a round-the-world trip.
 

I just picked some cities I wanted to go. I stayed in N.Y, Toronto, London, and Sydney for three months at a time and took trips on weekends , this way I could travel around the world for a year. Before embarking on the second world trip, I went to Baguio in the Philippines for a month to improve my English skills. I recommend you to learn English in Philippines, because you can save your money.
 
 

Would you tell us any interesting episode in visiting countries?

 

I couldn’t forget taking the natural open-air bath in the Antarctic. The water’s temperature was so hot I thought it may scald me, but my upper body was naked! Can you imagine that? I have never experienced such  extreme temperature differences, and I would never experience it in daily life.
 

I visited North Korea for Japan and North Korea relationship action and watched “Arirang” which is the biggest mass game in the world, and it was really wonderful.
 

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What does travel mean to you? Why would you like to make a trip?

 

The reason why I travel is I’m always filled with a sense of achievement whenever I reach the destination on my own. I just can’t stop traveling! Also, I can improve the ability to adapt, decide and the power of idea and now I can neatly tell someone what I think.
 
 

What do you take care of when traveling?

 

I thoroughly protected my skin from UV (ultraviolet) rays. I put on sunscreen when visiting hot countries. When I returned to Japan, I put on a drip for maintaining my skin well. In my opinion, many women seem not to care about their skin when traveling, but I never forget to do it.
 

I often looked for a local nail salon or beauty salon during my travels around the world. I always removed my makeup and applied moisturizer generously to protect my skin from dryness on the airplane for long-distance trips.
 
 

How do you work usually?

 

I work as a freelance hair & makeup artist, so I can control my schedule and take trips abroad.
 

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Great working style! You are a freelance hair makeup artist, so had you already decided to work as a freelance when you were a school student?

 

Yes, of course. I can’t travel anytime and anywhere if I enter a company to work (laugh). I was lucky as I had many acquaintances in show business and could get jobs right from the start.
 
 

You are studying makeup and beauty method from various countries. Do you have any carrier plan in the future?

 

What I feel is that this might be only Japanese women have full makeup everyday compared with women in other countries.
 

Our life can be changed by one’s makeup skill whether it’s good or not. Therefore, I would like to spread the importance and enjoyment to people around the world.
 
 

Do you have any goals in the future?

 

I can’t leave for a long trip now because I’m in the process of having my teeth-straightened. When I’m finished, I would like to take a third round the world trip.
 
 

If you have any relationships with local women, would you share with us how you feel about their life and working style etc?

 

In Islamic countries, I seldom see women in the town. They might keep house at home.
 

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This is not about women but, in general, I know that the Japanese shop assistance attitude is wonderful. However, I think they are too rule-bound to work on a flexible basis. For example, when any customer isn’t in the shop, I think it is no problem that the staff sits down on a chair. It isn’t necessary to just stand the whole time, and they should stop with the formalities and take action with flexibility. Many of them can only deal with customers according to the manual.
 

On the other hand, I have some experiences that shop staff in other countries try to close the shop on time even if a customers’ there, or having lunch, answering a private phone… they aren’t rule-bound, and so free. Of course, I don’t think it is a good thing. I slightly suffered culture shock to see sloppy staff attitudes to customer for the first time.
 

But as time goes by, I’m sometimes surprised by too much Japanese courtesy such as an attitude like a luxury department store at a local supermarket…Also I never receive my credit card with both hands from a staff like seen in Japan. They even sometimes throw it! (laugh). This is what I found that Japanese has spirit of good service compared with other countries through my travels.
 
 

By knowing the different cultures and people, did you find any change in your thought, mindset, or value?

 

The more I travel the world, I feel more that Japan is such an eccentric country in a positive and negative way. The uniqueness is the most distinctive among other countries, and I fully understand that many foreign people get interested in Japan.
 
 

Do you have any special habit that you are conscious of carrying out in daily life?

 

Facial muscle training has been a part of my daily routine for ten years.
It is more effective against anti-aging than any excellent beauty essence, and we don’t need to spend much money!
 
 

Do you have any hobby? How do you spend your free time?

 

I usually go to a beauty clinic to receive medical treatment for maintenance in keeping my skin good. Swimming is also good, just focusing on swimming and relaxing my mind to relieve stress.
 

Also when I have spare time, I look at a world map and think of where I migh like to go.
 
 

Do you have any future life plan?

 

I would like to keep moving around the world but I have never thought to live abroad on a permanent basis. For now, I am looking for a country to live in my old age (laugh).
 
 

Do you think about another challenge or dream after traveling 100 countries worldwide?

 

At first, I planned to travel all countries in the world, but it is so unreasonable for my schedule (laugh)… then I changed my goal to visit 100 countries on a steady basis. After that, I would like to make theme-based travel plan, for example, “around Africa”, “Europe” and “country name ending in “-stan”.
 
 

Would you tell us “MY STYLE” for you?

 

I choose my life with a will of my own, free of the nonsense rules and stereotype.
 

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Could you give us a message for woman who wants to be oneself?

 

As you travel abroad more, you can deeply understand Japan more from a different point of view. If you can soften a rigid way of thinking, you can live with comfort. I believe so.
 
 


 

“100 countries worldwide trip!” is not easy for most of people in normal life! For this reason, I got interested in her life style and offer her the interview.
 

She has a sharp sense of beauty, and her skin care seems to be perfect even in traveling. Please check Yuh’s traveling weblog with photographs.
 

Thank you for sharing your wonderful story, Yuh-san!
 
 
 

Rainforest Yukata?!!

 

Do you prefer traditional style yukata, or usucual style ones? We would like to introduce you unique yukata, named “RAINFOREST YUKATA”!!
 

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Produced by ROCCOYA, and Roccko san is the owner of the shop. Roccoya’s concept is “KIMONO made by textiles overseas”. You will find that when you visit her shop online by clicking images below. Textiles come from variety of countries from Thailand, Korea, Canada, and USA.
 

How do you think about them? Exciting?!
 

If you live in Japan now, visit Yukata events at Laforet Harajuku!
You can meet Rocco san!
 

Don’t miss it! XD
 
 

If you love to be “UNIQUE”, check this yukata brand!

Bushoan is a very popular brand among big kimono fans who wish to be “UNIQUE”!

The textile of their yukata varies from high quality of polyester( washable at home!), cotton to line. If you seek a “UNIQUE” fashion style, why don’t you try them?
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Those two yukatas are worn as “semiformal kimono” not just yukata!

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Yukata Dressing Party on August 2nd this summer!!

 

Hello!

 

We are happy to announce that we will have a yukata dress up party on

August 2nd this summer!!! If you would like to try yukata dressing and enjoy a party,

why don’t you come and join us XD !!

 

Further details coming soon!

Thank you for reading:)

 

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