What is a yukata? First of all, what is a yukata when it’s at home? Put simply, it’s a casual style of Japanese kimono with straight seams and wide sleeves, typically worn after bathing and during the warmer months of the year. If you buy a kimono in the UK, chances are it’ll be a yukata like the ones shown here as opposed to a formal-style kimono such as a furisode, which are more elaborate and expensive, and somewhat laborious to put on. What is a yukata used for? The word…read more
Are You Ready for Fathers Day? Fathers Day is just around the corner (June 15th), and time is of the essence. Dads can be a tricky bunch to buy for, so I’ve pulled together some top Japanese Fathers Day gift ideas to help get you started.
How to Differentiate Between Japanese Kimono and Yukata A Yukata is often called a ‘kimono’, which, while being imprecise, isn’t exactly wrong. In very general terms, a Yukata is a kind of ‘light kimono’ designed to keep one cool during the warmer months. However, there are a number of other features that set the two apart. Read on for more detailed information on what the difference is between a kimono and a Yukata – in terms of features, uses and tradition.
Modern vs. Vintage Kimono Styles The kimono has long been integral to our perception of Japan and Japanese culture. However, after World War II its popularity declined and now it tends to be reserved for traditional cultural events rather than for use as an everyday item of clothing.