Summer kimono, “Yukata”

As a Japanese summer feature, I introduced a wind-bell last time.
This time, I introduce “Yukata” which is Japanese summer traditional clothes.

What is the Yukata?

japanese traditional clothes yukata

Japanese traditional clothes are “kimonos”.
“Yukata” is a kind of “the kimonos”.
Originally “Yukata” was used as a bathrobe.
You can spend it roughly.
And it is easy to wear it.
Therefore it is popular in the present age.

At particularly summer night, many youths go out in a Yukata at the time of fireworks and festival.
Everybody enjoys summer emotion.

young wear yukata

The history of the “Yukata”

The beginning of Yukata is the Heian era.
A noble wore the beginning at the time of bathing. The materials are hemp. It was thin cloth.
As for the then bathing, a steam bath was common.
When they took a steam bath, they wore a Yukata. For soak up sweat , for protect the skin from burns .

The style of the bath same as now from the Edo era.
The Japanese takes hot water in nude.
They went out of the bath and wore a Yukata in just after taking a bath. The materials are cotton.

Scenery of the bathhouse of the Edo era

The cloth became the thinness as they could walk the outside.
And, among the citizen, it was popular to wear a Yukata by flower viewing or Bon festival dance, a fireworks display.

The people who walk the hot-spring resort with a yukata

The Japanese still wears a yukata in the hot-spring hotel.
We walk with a yukata in the town where there are a lot of hot-spring hotels.

Enjoy summer in Japan with aYukata

If you come to Japan and go for fireworks, a festival, please wear a Yukata.
You can buy it at the price that is more reasonable than a kimono.
There is the shop renting.

I think that you can enjoy Japan more.

japanese festival_bon dance

Family crest in japan

Japanese have a family crest

Do you know Family crest in japan?
Family crest is something like emblem of the house.





Family crest has been used to express own family such as the blood relationship, lineage, family’s social standing, a position than old times. With other houses used family crest for a long time in Japan to distinguish it.

For example, they were used for a sword and armor and a kimono willingly and penetrated for the living of people.

Using the family crest

Family crest that has entered the sword


The most famous family crest

Family crest of the Emperor


Chrysanthemum with 16 petals.This is a family crest of the Emperor.

Family crest of the Tokugawa

tokugawa's family crest

This is a family crest of the Tokugawa . Plant that Aoi is the motif .

Try looking for the family crest

Please observe carefully the historically famous architecture and exhibits .
Maybe then , you might find a family crest .

Pillar with a family crest

Family crest carved in stone

Sculpture of the family crest


If , if there is a family crest . That is what is relevant to the house .
In particular, I think there are many in the Imperial Palace and Toshogu .

Family crest still is inherited

sample family crest

sample family crest

It is inherited in the present age, and there is Family crest where is higher than 241 kinds, 5116 crests only in Japan.

Family crest is used as the crest which expresses birth and a surname as a mark indicating the originality of the house.
If you come to Japan , please try to pay attention to family crest .

Japanese summer tradition . ” Wind bell “

The history of the wind bell

Japanese summer tradition . " Wind bell "

There is the wind-bell in Japan for a long time.
The wind-bell was transmitted from China. In the times much previous than Warring States Period.

Originally it was used as an appliance of fortune-telling and the talisman against evil.
The then wind-bell was bronze.
It was believed that a sound of the wind-bell refused an evil.
From manners and customs of that time, there is a wind-bell of the bronze in the temples now.


Wind-bell as the summer feature

The summer in Japan temperature is humid.
Therefore the illness is infectible, too. Therefore the wind-bell was used as a talisman against evil tool in summer.
From it, the wind-bell colonized as a thing to gradually use in summer in the Heian period and the Kamakura period.

The wind-bell of the glass like now came to (18c) from the Netherlands in the Edo period.
A glassworker of Nagasaki spread it in Edo.

Glass was very precious in those days. Therefore the wind-bell cost 160,000 dollars – 250,000 dollars with a current amount of money.
In the 19th century, a glasswork was commonly used. The common people became able to buy a wind-bell and were prevalent.

The cool tone and appearance are still popular in Japanese.

Festival of wind bell

In Japan , there is also a wind bell of the festival .
Now , Japan is summer .
From here and there is also this year , wind bell sound is heard .

Battle of Okehazama

Battle of Okehazama

The day when the man who was the nearest to unify a country lost. Nobunaga Oda VS Yoshimoto Imagawa
In a heavy rain, Nobunaga was waiting the opportunity of the surprise attack battle calmly.
He raise a voice.”Here we go!” He rushed for the Imagawa military with his army.
He aims at only Yoshimoto Imagawa of the commander-in-chief.

Nobunaga oda in Battle of Okehazama

In then Japan, Yoshimoto Imagawa is a great person daimyo of the noble families. Nobunaga on the other hand is a small and weak daimyo called the fools.
The soldier of the Imagawa military is approximately 20,000. The soldier of Nobunaga is only 2,000.
By all odds Nobunaga did not seem to have the winning chances.
However, the battle of the great reversal it followed! It was the result that everybody was not able to expect.
In the wonderful ingenuity, Nobunaga killed a neck of Yoshimoto Imagawa!
By this battle, the name of Nobunaga is well-known in the whole country. And Warring States Period when only a true strong man survived began.
it is the battle that is famous on the Japanese history and is a battle to symbolize talent of Nobunaga Oda.