2009年12月27日

"Kimono" means things to wear in Japanese language; thus it is a general term for underwears, outer garments, coats and gowns.

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"Kimonos" has uniquely developed from clothes influenced by China since the Heian era, in the 9th century. Today's "Kimono"-form had been mostly completed in the Muromachi era, in the 15th century, and thereafter it was universally worn as "Kimonos" of popular actors like Kabuki players were well known by Ukiyoe woodblock print.
On the other hand, Zen philosophy deeply influenced the masses to wear simple, at first glance, but elaborate and expensive "Kimonos". Various kinds of ornamentation for "Kimonos" saw further development in the early 20th century because the silk fabric became one of the important exports in Japan. However, present Japanese people seldom wear "Kimono" apart from special occasions such as a wedding ceremony or a tea ceremony.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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