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  • Japanese Fashion: Yukata or Kimono?

    Yukata or Kimono

    Yukata and Kimono

    Although we may have all come across these two terms, some may not know the details or differences.
    In Shoujo mangas, Yukatas are often mentioned as the Heroine wears one at the summer festival. Other animes show the traditional clothing being worn at Ryokan (inns) and hotsprings.


    So What are the Differences?

    Yukata and Kimono

    Yukata’s are made with cotton fabric and more suited for the summer weather. It is also unlined.
    The Kimono is made from silk fabric and has more layers. Kimonos are worn for formal occasions such as Seijin Shiki (a coming of age ceremony).
    Now that we know the basic foundation of each clothing, let’s start with the Yukata.


    The Yukata


    The Yukata is made from cotton and therefore more lightweight. It is also less formal, which means it is more often worn as loungewear. In fact, the word Yukata derives from Yu (bath) and Katabira (underclothing). Thus it is worn at Ryokans and summer festivals.
    Yukata’s are worn mostly by women, although men may also wear them. There are also fewer variations designs for Yukatas and they are worn with special shoes, Geta. Yukata’s also have collars that are half width and can be folded inwards. Since they are worn in the summer they have shorter sleeves. The Sodetake (known as a sleeve) is no longer than the thigh on Yukatas.


    The Kimono


    Kimonos are viewed as more glamorous and therefore are worn for formal occasions such as Seijin Shiki and weddings. The word derives from Ki (wear) and Mono (thing).
    Unlike the Yukata, both genders wear Kimonos and are more expensive since they are made from silk. Designs for Kimonos are unique, meaning no two Kimonos will be the same. However, as Kimonos are more formal, you must wear socks together as an outfit. This then leads the person to wear special shoes, the Geta or Zori. They also tend to have longer sleeves. The Sodetake is usually longer than the thigh on Kimonos.
    Kimonos have two collars, one close to the neck and the other slightly lower. The many layers in a Kimono make it a bad choice to wear during the summer and therefore worn in cooler weather. Young women tend to wear brighter colors.
    For men, the Obis (sashes that tie to the back) are more similar and the design more uniform and simple. In some designs, colors can define a man’s rank in the social hierachy. Although colors will be more subdued.


    Similarities Between the Two

    Both are traditional Japanese clothing that require Obis.

    During a funeral (or when a person passes), the left side of the Kimono or Yukata must be on top.


    Random Facts about Yukatas and Kimonos


    Yukatas can be washed ina  laundry machine, but a Kimono cannot and therefore often hard to wash.
    For Kimonos in Japan, Kyoto has the most shops to rent out a Kimono.
    Some Kimonos can cost 10,000 yen for cheap clothing up to 1 million yen for a luxurious Kimonos.
    Appropriate colors for Kimonos must be worn depending on the occasion, age and marital status.


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    Ginny T. UK.Surrey based/AnimeAmino Original blog.
    Instagram: @gin.98

  • Japanese Fashion: Gyaru

    Gyaru: Gal Fashion


    I love Japan, I love J-Culture, I love Japanese Fashion! Gyaru means Gal in English, but the name originated from a brand of jeans called gurls.

    Story of Gyaru

    Gyaru is a type of Japanese street fashion and maybe some of you know it as ganguro. Ganguro is no longer popular in Japan and has changed into a more refined fashion.

    Gyaru fashion involves a Lot of makeup and an extravagant sense of dress! But in Gyaru fashion there are many subcultures such as kogyaru (high school Gyaru) or ganguro (totally tanned). Ganguros are quite rare these days.



    1. short skirts
    2. loose socks
    3. school uniform



    1. Deep orange tan
    2. wigs
    3. over exaggerated make-up

    Where to find Gyaru’s

    You can most likely spot them on the streets of Shibuya and most of these gyarus will be in their first year of high school ~ 15/16 or kogyaru
    Big hair in curls and big eyes are a must. Big eyes are easily achieved with the help of circle lenses. Looking cute and kawaii are a must! The new latest trend of 2013 is gyaru eyelashes, and come in all different types!

    Few tips I found on the internet!!

    1. Fashion movement
    2. Follow the trends
    3. Constantly changing look
    4. Large subculture
    5. Not cosplay, way of fashion life

    Fashion Review by
    Ginny T. UK.Surrey based/AnimeAmino Original blog.
    Instagram: @gin.98

  • Japanese Fashion: Kigurumi

    Kigurumi: To Wear A Stuffed Toy

    In Japan they are street performer or costumers in entertainment in places like Disneyland. Fun fun!!
    The name Kigurumi comes from the words kiru (to wear) and nuigurumi (stuffed toy). Its quite cute me thinks!!

    Not exactly cosplay but still an animal costume or costumes of any kind that is usually worn from head to toe. Kigurumin is also a form of Japanese street fashion, it uses kigus as personal and casual dress!!

    What is great is that both guys and girls can wear Kigurumi and so both genders can enjoy sweet comforts!!

    What is a Kigurumi


    Kigurumi is a hooded onesie usually modeled after animals or something similar, say dragons and Pikachuu!!

    Kigrurmi’s allow people to bust the normal clothing conventions!! And owning a Panda onesie personally they are soo cute and fluffyyy!! And comfy!!

    Although I advise getting one in a good size, mine is a tad too baggy, darn genes!!


    Kigurumi’s have to be my favorite type of fashion, and the Japanese have it right!! Kigu’s don’t involve any makeup or any cosmetics it is a quick an easy slip in and out!!!

    Fashion Review by
    Ginny T. UK.Surrey based/AnimeAmino Original blog.
    Instagram: @gin.98