6/16/2009

What I think from a men’s kimono

Speaking of summer kimonos, I come up with Miyako-Jofu, which is made by ramie, not silk. Nowadays I am surprised in very high ticket of Miyako-Jofu fabrics on department stores, but from the texture I recall my grandfather, who always wore kimonos, and the coming of full summer. Especially in summer, kimono wearing men look so nice.

To tell you the truth, my grandfather was completely blind. He always wore kimonos, and I didn’t see him in European clothes. Even at home, he usually wore kimonos, not yukatas, which were only worn as night clothes.
When I think back, I realize that the structure of kimonos is reasonable. It seemed to be easy to dress him in kimonos by himself even if he could not see anything. He need not fasten buttons on his clothes. He didn’t enjoy kimono wearing for showing, but he enjoyed tactile sensation of kimono materials. He really wore kimonos as he wore seasons.
So, there is no end to study men’s kimonos. I think that they include hidden luxury.

The book “Notes of general knowledge about men’s kimono” is very useful for beginners. The book says:

Rudeness changes to smartness through many experiences. If you know the image and purpose of kimonos to wear, you can avoid big mistakes.

“Selection of kimonos is the same as that of European clothes.”
“You should select kimonos as you need.”…
The book includes many sympathetic sentences. All those sentences are ordinary and easy, but many people tend to overlook the importance of those sentences when it comes to kimonos.

Outside Japan, many people, even Japanese, think that kimonos are worn as formal wears. But of course, kimonos have many styles including formal and casual wears.
Now American students have been increasing in my kimono class in NY. They want to know not only how to wear kimonos, but also all the information about Japanese clothes. Showing them my real kimonos as examples, as well as related some books, I tell them as much as possible that kimonos have many styles, and that kimono designs and materials are different on each season, because of clear difference of each season in Japan. I would like to serve as a bridge between their simple desire to wear kimonos and real understanding to select and wear kimonos they need on their situations.

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