The word “Kimono” literally translates as “thing to wear” (ki “wear” and mono “thing”)… And Momo (pictured above) wears his well out on the streets of Ginza!
If you come to the capital of Japan with high expectations of seeing locals dressed in array of traditional Kimonos – prepare yourself for disappointment. A different type of suit is the norm for most Japanese, and that’s the western suit.
Kimonos, as we recognise them today, developed during Japan’s Heian period (794-1192). Originally the Japanese word for “clothing”, in recent years “Kimono” refers specifically to traditional Japanese clothing.
Nowadays the T-shaped, straight-lined wrap garments secured with a “obi” – belt tied at the back, are usually reserved for special occasions such as weddings, funerals, tea ceremonies, and other special events. Asaka district in Tokyo which is home to the Buddhist Senso-ji – Tokyo’s oldest temple, is a good area to visit for a sample of Japanese tradition in the Capital… And a good place to try on a Kimono – the thing to wear!
I spotted some traditional Japanese wear during my walk around Ginza this afternoon on my way to Kagari (which serves the best chicken Ramen ever btw).
Photos ©Kai Lutterodt
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