Junihitoe (special kimono) experience around Tokyo

by Kazue - Japan Licensed Guide
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Last week, I experienced wearing special kimonos in Saitama, which is just north of Tokyo. One is called junihitoe (十二単), multi-layered kimono for court ladies – this is still worn by imperial families on special occasions like their wedding ceremonies. Another one is Kariginu (狩衣), informal clothes worn by nobles when they went hunting in the old time.

Unlike normal kimonos, it is not really easy to have an opportunity to wear these clothes. This time, I had the luck to know a lady who mastered “emon-do (衣紋道)”, special dressing skills and manners to help someone wear this kimono, and she kindly invited me to experience this.

Not only just wearing these kimonos, I could learn how the nobles in the old  time behaved. For example, court ladies in junihitoe could not show their faces, ears and hands in front of people. They used a big fan to cover the face.

Junihitoe (special kimono) experience around Tokyo

Men could show their faces, but instead they had to cover their heads with special hats. It is said that they did not even take them off in their bed rooms.

Junihitoe (special kimono) experience around Tokyo

Don't miss it if you get a chance to try it in Japan  - Of course, I will be happy to help you find such an opportunity :)
I’m sure it will be a very special experience for you!

 

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19 Jan 2017

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