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 .