Junihitoe (special kimono) experience around Tokyo

by Kazue

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!

 


19 Jan 2017


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Hi, I'm Kazue (car-zoo-A). Thanks so much for viewing my profile!

I'm a native eastern Japanese, born in Kawaguchi City, Saitama (just north to Tokyo) and spent most of my student and working time in central Tokyo. So I'm able to show you attractions in and around Tokyo, especially the places loved by locals.

Tokyo is diverse - there are not only skyscrapers but also tranquil shrines and temples, real local "shitamachi" areas, and even mountains, vegetables fields... and I would like to help you enjoy these various aspects of Tokyo in your own style!

Personally I love Japanese food (especially miso soup and dessert "wagashi" like mochi), playing shamisen (a traditional Japanese musical instrument with three strings) and growing plants, which means I'm especially suitable for those who love mochi / kabuki / bonsai ;)

I'm looking forward to meeting you in Japan :)

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