Fashion has been linked to Japanese culture since ancient times. Today, there are two types of Japanese clothing for men. First, the traditional Japanese clothing which includes, among others, kimono, yukata, haori jackets and Japanese accessories. The opening of the country of the rising sun to the world has allowed the Japanese to access the Western style of clothing.
This meeting of styles has notably allowed the emergence of new fashion trends. Among the most recent we think of the streetwear style which consists of Japanese t-shirt, Japanese pullovers.
Know that at Kimurakami Japanese shop, we offer both of these clothing styles for your pleasure. We will now give you some tips on how to differentiate and choose your future Japanese men's outfit.
Japanese clothing for men
Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between the different types of men's Japanese Kimono. But don't panic, here is a little guide so you can know when to wear a Japanese kimono? And the meaning of the different Japanese motifs. But first let's see the difference between the different traditional men's kimono
MEN'S TRADITIONAL JAPANESE CLOTHING
1. Men's Kimono
The word kimono simply means clothing. When we think of the Japanese style of dress, it is the first outfit that comes to mind. Yet there are many differences between the kimonos of Japan.
When to wear a Japanese kimono? The classic kimono is a garment that is worn according to a number of codes. It is an official Japanese garment worn during Shinto ceremonies, weddings, graduations, and during the tea ceremony!
How to put on a Japanese men's kimono? The traditional Japanese kimono is worn with a pair of Japanese tabi socks, a pair of Geta and a Japanese jacket (haori), a nagajuban (Japanese undergarment), and an obi belt!!
What is the price of an authentic Kimono? Historically, an official kimono is a true work of art. Some pieces were embroidered with gold thread and the materials used ranged from silk, and satin to cotton of the highest quality. That's why on the Japanese archipelago, kimonos remain in the same families for several generations. The price of an authentic Japanese kimono can reach several thousand euros.
However, at KimuraKami store, we offer you cotton kimono and polyester so you can acquire of one of these little wonders!
A long kimono for men is ideal if you're traveling to Japan, for a cosplay costume, or just want to add a unique Nipponese outfit to your wardrobe!
2. Men's yukata kimono
As we have explained the kimono is subject to many rules whether it is about how to wear your kimono or when it is possible to wear it. The yukata is therefore a casual kimono. It was first used in onsen (Japanese baths) so that nobles could put on a soft kimono and feel good without the codification of kimono.
How to put on a kimono yukata? The Yukata is worn without the nagajuban undergarment. You only need an obi belt to be able to close the kimono. Be careful though you absolutely have to put the left side on the right side before belting it at the waist. The opposite direction is reserved for the mortuary kimono of deceased people!
During the summer period you can wear the yukata without a pair of Japanese socks! This Japanese style clothing is especially popular during matsuri (Japanese summer festivals). A colorful kimono with bright colors and Sakura, tsuru or koi carp patterns are perfect for the occasion!
3. Japanese men's haori
The Japanese haori is worn over the kimono but in recent years this traditional Japanese men's jacket has become ultra trendy. In the street of Harajuku, Tokyo, the jacket is worn in an unconventional way with streetwear t-shirts. We recommend you to make a color callback for example with the pattern of your Japanese man jacket and a pair of sneakers.
You can also wear your Japanese kimono jacket indoors for a casual look and casual. Don't hesitate to take it several sizes up for an oversized look.
MEN'S JAPANESE CLOTHING
To come and sublimate your Japanese men's outfit, there is nothing better than a Japanese accessory.
1. Men's Tabi Socks
If you put on a kimono, you should wear it with Tabi Japanese split-toe socks and a pair of geta. For the choice of colors, opt for a white color for a classic kimono and a colored pair or with Japanese symbols for a yukata
If you're wearing a Japanese streetwear outfit or garment, choose a pair with prints in honor of Japanese folklore. We even offer you pairs of Japanese high socks with designs inspired by irezumi (Japanese tattoo) art.
2. Japanese men's sandals
Nowadays, traditional geta sandals can be worn with authentic Japanese clothes but also with streetwear. The different shapes and styles of geta are characterized by the number of teeth on the bottom of the sole. The most famous are the Geta Hyori which consist of two teeth. These are antique samurai shoes.
For a more casual style, you can also wear a pair of zori which have a flat sole All our traditional Japanese shoes are made of wood and have an adjustable strap (hanao). Know that these shoes although made of wood have excellent health benefits and are comfortable if the fabric strap is properly attached!
3. Men's Obi Belt
The Japanese Obi belt is the finishing touch that will perfect your kimono wear. For a unique style, we recommend you to match the pattern of your Japanese shoes man with that of your obi man. The obi belt knot is worn in the back. Here is a little tuto so you can have the basics to wear the yukata and have a perfect knot:
4. Japanese mask man
The wearing of traditional Japanese mask or modern is very trendy in Japanese culture. This Japanese accessory is worn during religious ceremonies or during festivals. For example, an oni mask is worn during the Setsubun ceremony or a traditional Japanese cat mask during the bakeneko matsuri in Kagurazaka city.
For a modern style, we suggest you wear a Japanese anti-pollution mask. We offer designs inspired by yakuza tattoos or kawaii and bosozoku fashion!"
JAPANESE MEN'S STREETWEAR
If you walk around the Harajuku district, you'd be surprised to see how Japanese fashion is at its peak. We want, through our Japanese clothing collection to show how culturally rich Japanese style is!
1. Japanese T-shirt for men
They are inspired by Japanese legends and myths. All our Japanese style t-shirts are made of combed cotton to be soft and comfortable. We propose some t-shirts in organic cotton. The totally French manufacturing and Japanese designs are made by our designer!
2. Japanese sweatshirt man
Opt for a hoodie with hood for men to sport a trendy Japanese streetwear style. It's a must have for your wardrobe. It can be worn all year round whatever the season. We suggest you wear it with a pair of plain jeans and a nice pair of sneakers. Add accessories like a cap and Japanese rings to push your style even further.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR JAPANESE DESIGN?
Whatever style of Japanese men's clothing you choose, know that each Japanese symbol has a meaning. Here are some explanations of the most iconic motifs in the Japanese tradition
🐲 The Japanese dragon : this is an ancient kami. It is a symbol of strength. This Asian dragon also stands for wisdom.
🎏 The koi carp : it symbolizes courage and masculinity. It is very important within Japanese culture. It even has its own festival: koinobori. We often see these Japanese fish on tattooed people, especially Yakuza clan members!
🌊 The Great Wave of Kanagawa : this is the iconic print by Japanese artist Hokusai. It is quite common to see it printed on Japanese fabrics
🌸 Cherry Blossoms : it symbolizes the transient beauty of all things. It is a color often "mixed" with other symbols on a Japanese man's suit
Now, you have in your hands all the keys of our Japanese shop to choose the garment that will best suit you. So, we wish you a good shopping on KimuraKami