Kimono needs many accessories because it doesn’t have any zippers and buttons.
Usually use strings, sashes, and belts.
Kimono accessories have unique names. So I’ll show you what they are.
obi-makura : obi pad / pad for obi
This is obi-makura. It is a pad for keeping the obi shape on the back.
This is obi-makura, a pad for obi to keep the shape of your obi beautiful.
When you have “otaiko-musubi”, you need it.
obi-ita : obi-ita board
This is one of the accessories for kimono to keep the front of the obi neat.
Put it between obi layers to prevent from wrinkles on the obi.
obiage : obiage cloth
Obiage is a decorative long cloth covering the obi pad, and it supports the pad on the back.
You can use it as a scarf.
obijime : obijime cord / obi cord / final cord
It is a decorative cord to hold the obi in place.
Obijime is a very important cord. Also it is a decoration.
It secures the obi itself and the obi shape by tying firmly.
Koshi-himo, kari-himo, muna-himo
koshi-himo : koshi-himo string
kari-himo : temporary string
muna-himo : muna-himo string
This is koshi-himo string, the most important thing to wear kimono.
I tie this firmly. If you feel uncomfortable, please tell me frankly.
This muna-himo keeps the collar’s position.
You need “himo” at least three.
datejime : under sash / sash belt
Datejime is a thin fabric belt to make kimono fit the body.
Dtejime secures the muna-himo string and kimono belt, and the collar’s position.
kimono belt (korin belt)
Kimono belt is very useful instead of “himo” strings.
The belt is easy for your body because it is stretchable.
Hada-juban is front open underwear for the upper body. It is usually made of cotton.
You can wear a camisole instead of it.
Susoyoke is wrapped underwear for the lower body.
hosei-yogu : padding
Padding is used for making the body flat.
“No hip and no waist” is one of the keys to wear kimono beautifully.
Kimono is sewn in straight lines.
Dressing kimono is just like placing one sheet of cloth on your body.
naga-juban : undergarment
Naga-juban is an undergarment for kimono.
Sophisticated kimono lovers enjoy changing the collar and choosing patterns of juban,
because juban is a undergarment showing partly.
erishin : interlining for collars
Inserting erishin interlining into the collar part keeps the form of the collar neatly.
haneri : haneri strip / exchangeable collar / decorative collar
Haneri is a exchangeable collar.
We’ll change the collar when we want to show our originality or when the collar got dirty.
White is a basic color. It reflects your face brighter.
date-eri (kasane-eri) : layered collar / decorative collar
It adds gorgeousness to your kimono.
sanju-himo : a triple band
Sanju-himo is a triple band used for dressing “furisode“.
It enables you to create various shapes of obi.
tabi : tabi socks / traditional Japanese socks / a pair of split-toed socks
First of all put Japanese socks on by using “kohaze”. Put your big toe into a small part and other toes into a big part.
*Kohaze : clasps / a piece of metal to put on “tabi”
Fasten / unfasten clasps.
Ususally we don’t wear “tabi” when wearing “yukata”.
zori : zori sandals / traditional Japanese sandals
Traditional sandals for kimono.
hanao : sandal straps
dai : soles
“Hanao” can be adjusted according to your feet.
You can change the combination of “hanao” and “dai” to your favorite.
Geta consists of straps and wooden soles.
We wear them mainly for “yukata”.
In Japan, there is a custom to take footwear off when people enter houses. So “zori and geta” are very useful and easy to take them off and put them on.