The word Kimono literally translates to clothing in Japanese. It is a traditional Japanese garment. It is a Japanese garment worn both in the Harajuku district of Tokyo and during fashion week in the land of the rising sun.
Historically this Japanese garment was the preferred outfit of samurai and nobles of the Edo era.
Men's Japanese Kimono
There are different types of kimono for men. They can be worn casually like a kimono jacket or very formally!"
When to wear a traditional Japanese kimono?
The traditional Japanese kimono is worn at weddings, graduations or during certain Shinto ceremonies. The wearing of the authentic kimono follows a strict dress code. Here are the elements you will need for formal dress:
- A nagajuban is a sub-kimono
- Family cabinets embroidered on the Japanese kimono jacket
- A Hakama. It's a kind of kilt but quite long that is worn like pants
- A haori jacket that falls to the waist (it's a long-sleeved or short-sleeved jacket)
- Japanese sandals
- Tabis socks
- A Keko Obi, a narrow obi
- An obi belt
- A small folding fan
Japanese Kimono Prize
A complete men's kimono can cost a lot. It can go up to several thousand euros! That's why Japanese people tend to rent them because a formal wear is not worn every day. Renting remains expensive but always less than buying the complete kimono kit! But don't panic... We offer you at shogun japan a whole collection of cotton and polyester kimono at more affordable price!
Who wears the Japanese kimono?
Traditional artists often wear a kimono and have several in their wardrobe of clothes. These include Shodo (calligraphy), Ikebana (flower arrangement), Ukiyo-e (woodblock print), Shikki (Japanese lacquerware), traditional dances (Kanbuki and noh), and the tea ceremony!
This ceremony is one of the traditional arts where men tend to wear kimono all the time. Some will attend Tea Ceremony classes in traditional kimono to practice wearing them.
If you are lucky enough to run into sumo wrestlers in town (or at a sumo basho). You will be able to see them dressed with a kimono. They are required to wear their traditional Japanese clothing when they are in public!
In the past, haori were worn in battle by "samurai" warriors. It was an overcoat that protected from the cold. But in modern times, they are worn on different occasions.
Are you wondering when to wear a Japanese haori?
- LJapanese men wear haori as a jacket kimono.
- Streetwear, sneaker or cosplay fans also like to wear it in spring or summer for a casual urban style with Japanese inspirations!
- In many onsen(japanese spa) and hotels, you'll probably get a haori to wear over your yukata!
- The haori is also worn by men with their formal Japanese clothing like a lightweight cardigan.
The modern Haori kimono
Even though Japanese people are used to wearing Western clothing, the kimono is still in vogue within Japanese society and internationally. It is a fashion accessory very appreciated for its beauty. And for the fact that it allows mixing the authenticity of traditional Japanese clothing with the modernism of European style!
Our online Japanese Shop mix the Asian style for your top clothing and flashy and flowery colors with Japanese inspirations for the bottom outfit! Japanese style guaranteed with this kimono jacket!
To enhance your Japanese kimono we recommend finalizing your style with a:
- Traditional Japanese T-shirt
- A Japanese hoodie
- A traditional mask
A kimono is often characterized by trendy and fashionable Japanese symbols. These Japanese designs are called Wagara. Their origin comes from the Heian period in the 8th century. Here is the meaning of some Japanese symbols that are often found printed on kimonos:
- Carp Koi pattern: this Japanese fish stands for courage and strength
- Japanese Dragon Motif: this is the sign of wisdom, dragons are the protectors of Japanese Kami deities
- Sakura Cherry Blossom Pattern: this is an iconic floral pattern found on many kimono, yukata, or vintage kimono vests. Cherry blossoms signify transient beauty
- Tsuru pattern: this Nippon pattern is a sign of longevity and prosperity
- Hannya motif: Hannya is a savage, violent oni demon with an innate desire for revenge
- Mount Fuji motif: mountains (yama) are a sign of assurance, such as the foundations of everything
- Kanagawa Wave (Japanese wave) motif: this large wave is a print by Japanese artist Hokusai. This artistic work has participated in the fame of the land of the rising sun