The happi coat is probably the most informal and casual traditional Japanese garment you will ever find. It’s best known as a festive, festival outfit. Outside of Japan, it hasn’t gotten as much attention as the kimono or yukata. Internet search engines don’t help matters by misreading the name "happi" as “happy” (which makes it … Continue reading What is a Happi Coat? – An Intro to Japanese Traditional Clothing
The kimono is undoubtedly the best-known item of traditional Japanese clothing. But what is a kimono, really? What distinguishes the kimono from other traditional Japanese clothes? Why is the kimono considered Japan’s national outfit? Kimono culture and history For years, the kimono has been an iconic symbol of traditional Japanese culture. Japan even uses it … Continue reading What is a Japanese Kimono?
What is a jinbei? If you want to learn more about this unique piece of Japanese clothing, you’ve come to the right place. (You won’t find information about Jinbe, the fish-man member of the Straw Hat pirates from One Piece here. Sorry about that.) While kimono, yukata, and happi coats are well-known outside of Japan, … Continue reading What is a Jinbei?
What is a yukata? How does yukata differ from kimono? If you’re a fan of anime or manga, you’ve probably seen characters wearing yukata or kimono. You may have wondered about these unmistakably Japanese clothes. (Traditional Chinese and Korean styles are different from Japanese ones.) For example, many slice-of-life anime series will have an episode … Continue reading What is a Japanese Yukata?