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Decorate the front of obi

Simply tying obi  is good. Sometimes I really want to tie it more decorative. The mind of “kitsuke-shi” or a kimono dresser makes me creative. How about you? This time I’ll show you how to decorate the front of obi to  dress yourself and someone. Let’s try!

What are “mitake” and “kitake”?

Kimono has two lengths of the back. Sometimes we confuse “mitake” with “kitake”. To know the difference is very important because when we buy or sew kimono. Now, let’s make it clear!   What is “mitake”? Women’s kimono is longer than your body. You’ll see when you just put it on. A length close to your height is suitable for you. That’s called “mitake” which means a finished length of the kimono. And “mitake” has two types. They are “se-mitake” or the length of the back seam and “kata-mitake ” or […]

3 tips of wearing kimono beautifully

There are 3 tips. When you get them, you’ll be a quick learner! Are you still saying, “I’ve heard that putting on kimono is very difficult.” “I wonder I can put on kimono by myself…”? Don’t worry. No problem!

How to tie yukata obi “weeping cherry”

maikichi “Hanhaba-obi”, or a half-width obi is very easy to handle. It has a large variety of ways to tie. Now, I’ll show you how to tie “weeping cherry. It’s the easiest way to tie obi  for yukata and kimono. This time we use a 3.5m half-width obi. I’m right handed. If you are left handed, all directions of obi are opposite. Let’s get started!   Take the length from an obi end 1. Take the length from the hand to the front center. When you use a longer obi, take it more.    […]

How to put on yukata part 2 :  from straighten “ohashori” to putting on “obiita”

maikichi Are you ready to the next step? Okay, get started!   Make sure your collar ends 1. Leave the collar end more than 3 cm on the right.    maikichi The collar end in this photo is 5 ~ 7 cm. If you have a much longer one, tie the “koshihimo” string lower. Some recycled kimonos sometimes have a long collar. It’s awkward if it comes out too long.   2. Carefully pull out the collar end above the “koshihimo” string so as “shitamae” or the right lower body not to get loose.   maikichi […]

How to put on yukata part 1 : from putting on “yukata” to tying “koshihimo”

maikichi Hi, yukata lovers! I’m Maikichi, kimono instructor. I’ll show you how to put on yukata. Are you ready? Let’s do it!!   Put yukata on and adjust the back center   maikichi Stand straight with your feet together and look straight ahead. Don’t move your upper body as possible as you can.   1. Put yukata on, and put the arms through.   2. Match the short lines on the collar together.   3. Pinch the back seam, and align it with your back center. Open a wide space at the nape. That’s “Emon-wo-nuku.” […]

Padding for wearing kimono

Why do you adjust the body line? Why do you make the body flat by using padding? This is because we need to make the body line look straight. Why do you do so? Look beautiful! Kimono has no buttons and zippers. When putting on it, we just use a few strings and an obi sash. In addition, kimono looks like one sheet of fabric. It isn’t elastic. Therefore, having even surface on the body is good for wearing kimono. You can put on it easily and you look beautiful.   It is […]

Underwear for kimono and yukata

Select better underwear for you When you get right underwear, you can make an ideal foundation for your kimono appearance. I usually wear functional underwear. I select them depending on the temperature. They are very useful. If you have sensitive skin, please use ones made of natural materials. Select better undergarments for you. The following is the list of underwear for kimono.     Be sure to choose a wide-necked upper underwear.  If not so,  people can see it, and your charms will be reduced. The beauty around the neck is […]

Preparation for wearing yukata : stacking up everything

The first thing is preparation. It is very important because yukata has many accessories. Place yukata, obi and accessories in order to wear, and you can put on them smoothly.   Things you prepare underwear towels/padding 3 strings yukata datejime belt obiita board half obi sash (suitable for yukata) Refer to : Select a favorite yukata   Stacking up everything Before stacking up, fold all things neatly so as to take them easily. Details of temporary fold At first, you temporarily fold the yukata.   It’s very easy. Take a closer look […]

Select a favorite yukata

Hi ladies, it’s about time to prepare yukata! In Japan, hot days will come soon. Have you ever been to Japan in summer? Summer in Japan is very hot and humid because it has much rain which the rainy season and typhoons bring. Yukata is made of cotton. Cotton absolve your perspiration well. Recently, various kinds of patterns, colors and sizes have increased in yukata. Yes, yukata has become one of the popular summer fashion items.   Select a favorite yukata Get the right sized yukata for you. When you pick one, you […]

>Decorate the front of obi

Decorate the front of obi

Maikichikimono's videos were published. How to tie and decorate yukata obi.