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Kimono basics

Basic knowledge and tips of kimono

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!

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 […]

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 […]

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.

A walking picture

Have you ever seen kimono like this? This is one of the semi-formal kimono types called houmon-gi. The pattern looks like one picture on a canvas. You can see whole picture by sewing temporarily.

>Decorate the front of obi

Decorate the front of obi

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