Thursday, November 23, 2006

Kimono, Japanese dress

Gion area, Kyoto sightseeing
We don't wear kimono, Japanese traditional dress, daily today but some of us wear it when tea ceremony or some other ceremonies are held. On the other hand, maiko wears it daily.

What is the difference between normal clothes we wear and kimono?

First, the way of making and putting on them is largely different. Actually, I don't know about them so much and I will explain them some day.

One of other differences is the appearance around women's neck, I think.

Many shirts for women is low-cut one today but Japanese women wear kimono, making the back of their neck open like the photo. (But they normally bring out the back more moderate than Maiko does.)

So they are very attractive, even seen from the back.

Next, there is a big difference between the normal kimono and maiko's kimono. Maiko's sash is, as shown in the picture, longer than usual and is said to be more than five meters. Maikos have men tie up the sash of their kimono because it needs much power to tie it up.

By the way, why do they sit on in the picture? Because they were about to dance and I took the picture.
Location by Google Map


At 11/23/2006 10:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this!
This dress is so totally different compared with national costumes of other countries. But they are beautiful and Japanese women are not
jumping or bouncing with, I think, in these clothes:) They are moving softly in their dances. I have seen it in Tokyo, when I was with my husband in the conference of the biology. Some very high Japanese person was in one party with his wife, can you guess, who?
Have a nice time!

At 11/23/2006 10:20 PM, Anonymous jing said...

beautiful really!
and when women wear the kimono, a very different beauty appearing.
i like this traditional clothes as I like cheong-sam.


At 11/24/2006 7:20 AM, Blogger Lunar Chick said...

I do love looking your photos... this one is just beautiful. I also love your comments useful and great to read... thank you. It's really great...

At 11/24/2006 5:12 PM, Blogger zannnie said...

oh their necks....are very sexy :)


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