Only about Kai-no-Kuchi Musubi: Part2

In my previous entry, I wrote about Kai-no-Kuchi Musubi (clam's mouth knot).
Furthermore, the professor in Komagome Waso Academy, Prof. Odajima, sent me additional comments.
“The way obi is wrapped in a counterclockwise fashion is called as Kanto Maki or Kabuki Maki. The way in a clockwise fashion is called as Kansai Maki. Actors of Kabuki mostly use Kanto Maki, while actors of samurai dramas mostly use Kansai Maki. Because there is a big movie village in Uzumasa, Kyoto, Kansai Maki is often called as Uzumasa Maki. Therefore, depending on whether obi is wrapped in a counterclockwise or a clockwise fashion, Tesaki of Otoko or Kai-no-Kuchi Musubi changes either on the left side or the right side of the center of a back. If you see Kabuki or samurai dramas, you should watch and check for the direction of obi knots.”
only on Kai-no-Kuchi Musubi. I feel ashamed that I understood it simply previously.
I will read Kabuki books and check obi knots of Kabuki actors. And I would like to see samurai dramas in Japanese movies after so long.
Thanks to Prof. Odajima, I realized that I must study more deeply and deliver more precise information about kimono to my students.
I appreciate her very much.


Blogger Erica said...

Is wrapping it in either direction acceptable? They just have different origins?

I'd heard about the Kansai and Kanto wrapping difference only recently; does that apply to all times the obi is wrapped around the body, not just for kai-no-kuchi?

(My 'name' used to be "Ryth"; I have recently started my own blog on blogger and use it now sometimes.)

September 7, 2009 at 12:53 AM  

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