We have received a card from Osaka, a metropolis located roughly in the centre of Japan. Thanks a million Miyoko for having chosen this postcard featuring an impressively beautiful kimono!
As you may know, the kimono (from ki "wear" and mono "thing") is a Japanese traditional garment always used in important festival or formal moments, a mark of politeness and sophistication. As you can gather from the postcard, Kimono are T-shaped, straight-lined robes and they are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right and secured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back. Kimono are generally worn with traditional footwear (especially zōri or geta) and split-toe socks (tabi).
|Two women wearing kimono. Wikipedia|
Today, kimono are most often worn by women and on special occasions. A few older women and even fewer men still wear the kimono on a daily basis. Men wear the kimono most often at weddings, tea ceremonies, and other very special or very formal occasions. Professional sumo wrestlers are often seen in the kimono because they are required to wear traditional Japanese dress whenever appearing in public.
Click here to learn more about kimono. And visit EXPLORING PLACES to know more about Miyoko’s hometown, Osaka.
有難う o ありがとう. Arigatou, Miyoko!