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Names of the kimono appearance

Names of kimono’s parts are very unique. “Kanji” characters are difficult to read.

This time Maikichi translated them. It was hard work but fun!

Anyway, please look at the following images.

They are used often when you take kimono lessons called “okeiko”.

If you learn them before the lessons, you can smoothly put on kimono by yourself.


Front appearance

front of kimono

1. eri / kake-eri : collar / first-layered collar

“Kake-eri” covers the main collar of kimono to prevent from getting dirty.

2. kake-eri-sen : horizontal line on the collar

Match the horizontal lines on the collar together to put the back seam on the center of the back.

3. haneri : haneri collar / replaceable collar on the undergarment

It is a detachable and decorative collar.

You can change other one you like.

There are many kinds of haneri collars for formal and casual occasions.

4. eri-awase : intersection of the collar / crossed point of the collar

5. katasen : shoulder line

6. uwamae : upper body / left body

7. shitamae :: inside body / right body

Cover the right with the left.

8. miyatsuguchi : side hole / side slit

9. sodeguchi : cuff

10. sode : sleeve

11. tamoto : curved corner / round part of the sleeve

12. furi : furi / opening

The openings make us easy to wear.

Also, air enters (the wind passes through) from the openings and the sleeves wave beautifully.

It is one of the charms of kimono.

13. obi-uwasen : upper line of obi

14. obi-shitasen : bottom line of obi

15. ohashiri-sen : line of the tuck / tuck line

Straighten the “ohashori” tuck line.

16. mae-migoro : front body

17. hidariwaki : side line / side seam line

Set the left seam onto your left side.

18. okumi : okumi / big collar / extended collar

19. okumi line : okumi line

Can you see the “okumi” line is on the slit of “tabi”? Then, you’ll be okay.

20. hakkake : lining of the lower body / bottom lining



back appearance

back ofkimono

1. emon : space at the nape

Put air into the space at the nape.

Opening this space is one of the attractive points of kimono.

2. eri-kata-aki : part of the collar around the neck

3. sechushin : back center line

4. otaiko-uwasen : upper line of otaiko

5. otaiko : otaiko / one-layered obi shape /  single piece otaiko

Ichiju-taiko is the most popular and basic shape in tying obi.

6. otaiko-shitasen : bottom line of otaiko

7. tare : tail / tail edge

8. tesaki : narrow edge

9. ohashori : tuck / ohashori tuck

10. erisaki : collar edge

11. tachiagari : inside flap

12. ushiro-migoro : back body

13. tsumasaki : tips of the hem / hem tips

Lift the tip of the hem a little. The lower body looks slim. So you look elegant.

14. suso / susosen : hem / hem line

Set the hem line around the ankle when wearing “yukata”.


How was that? Was it difficult for you?

Don’t worry! You’ll be able to learn gradually in the lessons.


When I got nice ideas, I’ ll update them.

If you have appropriate words and phrases, please let me know!

This post in Japanese is here!


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