How to Wear a Yukata

Yukata is a Japanese traditional clothing which is considered as a Summer Kimono or a Casual Kimono. Yukata can be worn by Men and Women, and Children. You can find people wearing Yukatas at the Japanese Festivals all over the country.If you are interested in Japanese culture, this is a great skill to learn.


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    Find your favorite Yukata.
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    Put the Yukata on. Flip the long sleeves back over your arms, so that they won't be in your way.
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    While one hand is holding both sides of the fabric together in front of your body, try to locate the center line of the garment (where the fabrics are sewed together)on the back of your body using the other hand. Fix the garment to the center.
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    Open up the garment and pull it up to the ankle level.
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    Bring the left side of the garment to the front and decide the length and width.
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    Open up the left side while keeping the length and bring the right side to the front. Decide the length. Bottom corner of the right side of the garment should be about 4" from the ground.
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    Keep the right side garment and bring the left side on top of it. Decide the length. The bottom corner of the left side garment should be about 2" from the ground.
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    Use Koshi-Himo and tie the garment around the waist. Make sure to tie tightly to avoid the garment getting loose. Tack the Koshi-Himo in.
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    Find the side pockets, stick both hands, and pull the extra fabric over Koshi-Himo. Make sure to do the front and the back. *This layer around the waist is called Ohashori. Ohashori is supposed to show below the Obi.
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    Fix the shape of Ohashori and tie the second Koshi-Himo right below the bust. This one does not have to be as tight as the first one. Tack the Koshi-Himo ends in.
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    If you are slim build, you may have extra fabric on the side of the upper body. At the side pockets, pull the back fabric to the front and the pull back the front fabric over it to hide the extra fabric. This will make a clean side look.
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    And now you are done! Make sure to Tie an Obi around the waist for the complete Yukata look.


  • If it is the first time for you to wear a Yukata, it is recommended to practice prior to the day you are actually wearing it.
  • Make sure to tack in the Koshi-Himo ends so that it won't show under the Obi.

Things You'll Need

    1. Yukata
    2. Koshi-Himo (2)
    3. There are some items(option) that you could use such as towel, jyuban(underwear for yukata), susoyoke(under slip for yukata),datejime (belt) etc.... Above two are the MUST HAVE items.

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Categories: Japanese Fashion