Hello, this is Shinji from Warashibe-choja.jp. Summer is approaching, and for the first time in three years, fireworks displays and summer festivals will be held in various places in Japan. I think it is a good idea to go out in a kimono or yukata this summer.
In this issue, I would like to introduce the best accessories for kimonos and yukatas.
Han-Eri is to be attached to a long undergarment to be worn under a kimono. Recently, more and more people wear a hanbira under a yukata (summer kimono) as a simple kimono.
In summer, beaded Han-Eri, which is easy to clean, and lace Han-Eri, which looks cool, are also popular.
There are also many stylish Han-Eri that can be worn with non-summer kimonos.
Obidome is an ornament that is placed through the obijime so that it comes to the front of the obi.
There are beautiful jewel-like obidome, wooden obidome, and authentic wagashi-style obidome made of colored clay by a former wagashi (Japanese confectionery) craftsman. The sparkling and shiny ones can be worn with formal kimonos, while the others can be worn with everyday clothes. Some overseas customers buy them as pendant tops as well.
３、Zori ( = Japanese footwear sandals )
Currently in Japan, easy-to-wear zori called “Karenblosso” made by Hishiya are popular.
Although the naso can not be changed like traditional zori, they are light and have rubber soles, so they are easy to walk on modern asphalt. The other day, a visitor to London bought a pair of zori because he found them easy to walk on cobblestone pavements.
There are various types of bags for kimono, but a traditional kimono bag can only hold a cell phone and wallet. Many people carry a sub-bag or a slightly larger bag. There are also a variety of bags made from kimono fabrics. For beginners, a Rikyu bag may be useful for both formal wear and everyday wear.
Basically, for formal wear, five kohaze (white tabi socks with five clasps) are worn. You can also use white for everyday wear, but some people who want to be fashionable wear patterned Tabi Shoes, known as patterned tabi socks. The other day, a Tabi Shoes craftsman made this Tabi Shoes using a furoshiki cloth.
Furoshiki is now very popular overseas. Large furoshiki are not often seen in Japan, but there are also large furoshiki for wrapping kimonos. There are many types of furoshiki that can only be found in Japan, ranging from simple ink-jet dyed ones to those made of Nishijin brocade and hand-written by yuzen artists.
In this issue, we have briefly introduced small accessories. In the world of kimono, it is said that “accessories are the big thing,” and it is said that the coordination of accessories can be either chic or nonchic depending on the overall balance. I would like to talk about the point of coordination in the future.
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