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Origin of yukata


Hallo everyone!   KONNICHIWA!

I'm the staff of Dentoya Akatsuki who loves traditional techniques!!

Currently, Dentoya Akatsuki is implementing the following initiatives.

"For those who have suffered heavy rain damage in the eastern part of the prefecture, including the large-scale debris flow in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture, those involved in rescue and medical activities, and those involved in accommodation facilities that accept victims. To support you, we will donate all the profits of the online shop until July 31, 2021. "

We have been informed and have received the cooperation of many people in a short time. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your warm feelings. As of now, it has not been decided where and how to donate, but it will be decided by the end of the month and we will make a report.

By the way, today's topic is about "Yukata" that is likely to be worn a lot from now on.

Yukata was made in the Heian period as a clothing worn by aristocrats when they take a bath.

At that time, it was called "Yukatabira", and it is said that it later became "Yukata".

You think, "Do you wear it when you take a bath?"

The bath at that time was not a style of soaking in hot water as it is now, but a "steam bath" like a sauna. Therefore, it seems that they wore it to absorb sweat and prevent burns.

After that, in the Azuchi-Momoyama period, it became worn when sleeping and after bathing, and in the Edo period, it changed to going out clothing.

Originally a yukata worn by aristocrats, it spread to the general public from the late Edo period and will develop as a fashionable item in Edo.

Around this time, bathhouses became popular. The convenience of yukata, which allows you to wear it as it is after taking a bath and go outside, had gained popularity.In addition, it is said that cotton yukata, which is cheaper than silk woven clothes, has become more widespread because the reform of Tenpo banned gorgeous clothes and luxury goods regardless of the status.

Then, in the Meiji era, a new dyeing method was developed and mass production became possible. Therefore, yukata has become established as a cool and easy-to-move summer casual wear.

In modern times, it's more worn on special occasions such as summer festivals.

By the way, do you know which side comes to the front when you wear a yukata?

Isn't this easy to forget?

The correct answer is "right front".

Note that "front right" is not the front from your own perspective, but the right front from the other person's perspective.

Both men and women are the same. It is said that the "right front" was decided to be formal wear under the influence of the Tang dynasty in China.

If you get lost, don't worry, there are many ways to remember!

Make sure that the collar looks like "y" when viewed from the other party, and that the right hand can be inserted in there. Now you won't get lost!

I want to dress up in a yukata and go out in the summer!

Therefore, I would like to introduce earrings that are perfect for yukata. Two types of silk crepe pierced earrings.

Hitokoshi crepe is a traditional Tango silk crepe with beautiful and soft texture.

Silk crepe pierced earrings

And this is Tamahagane hairpin.

Tamahagane hairpin

Please have a Japanese accessory that enhances your yukata!


We deliver you Japanese genuine skill with warmhearted crafts. We hope that we can continue to help you add color to your life with "tradition" and "craftsmanship".






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