Yukata - The summer casual kimono
Yukata is a casual light cotton kimono for wearing in summer. Yukatas normally
have very brightly coloured designs on them. Today these
kimonos are mainly
worn to the traditional Bon-Odori
and summer festivals. The relative simply design of Yukata means Japanese
women can, with some practice, put this kimono on unassisted.
The name yukata comes from the word �yu� (bath) and �katabira� (under
clothing). In the Heian era (794-1185), court nobles wore linen �yukata� which
were draped loosely after taking a bath. The yukata was later also worn by
Japanese warriors and by the Edo era (1600-1868), it was widely worn by the
public when public bath became a popular recreation in Japan.
Today, the yukata is widely worn as a casual wear in summer, as well as in
festivals. Further, the yukata is also widely worn in �ryokan� (traditional
Japanese inn). The yukata is loved for its lightweight cotton material. Fabric
designs vary from the traditional plain cross hatch pattern to the more
colourful designs. A cotton sash is usually worn with the yukata for casual
daily or nightly wear. In attending festivals and public occasions, the yukata
is worn with a wider belt, which can be simply wrapped around the waist and
tucked in at the end. For a more formal appearance, the yukata is worn with an
obi belt, along with a matching
geta (wooden sandals) and purse to complete the
girls and young Japanese women both here in Australia and in Japan
enjoy the opportunity to dress in their Yukatas. Today there are not
as many suitable chances to wear this colourful traditional Japanese
In Australia many Bon-Odori
festivals feature a Yukata
competition, which is a little like a traditional beauty pageant. The major
difference is the emphasis on adherence to traditional style including hair,
make-up, foot ware and disposition.
Next kimono is the Houmongi.
With more Japanese girls entering the traditional Japanese fashion
competition this year the competition was always going to be hot! Many high
resolution pictures of Yukata.