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2014年11月10日 月曜日

Traditional Japanese Kimono carries various meanings




*I've added English subtitles, so if you can turn on the closed caption, you can watch it in English as well.


Today is the ten-year anniversary celebration of our opening, so I decided to wear a kimono.
Traditional Japanese Kimono carries various meanings 


The kind of kimono that I am wearing today is known as an Edo komon (finely patterned Edo kimono). As you would expect, this name is connected with the Edo period.

During the Edo period, the samurai working in castles wore formal attire. The patterns that were used on those formal garments were Edo komon.
I have a folding fan (sensu) tucked in here, but when wearing a kimono, such fans are actually referred to as suehiro.
This word refers to the good luck that "broadens out" or "fans out" (suehirogaru) before us.
Wearing the suehiro tucked in one's obi in this way also carries a meaning.

During the Edo period, female samurai used to keep a dagger tucked in here.
It's said that the suehiro is a vestige of this practice.
Therefore, the suehiro acts in place of a lucky charm that protects the wearer.
I'm looking forward to telling you more about Japanese culture and kimonos in the future.




投稿者 株式会社マーシャル・コンサルティング

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