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Some stories about Yukata (simple kimono)_history, separate Yukata, Yukata experience

If you visit Japan, you may see people who wear Yukata especially in summer.
・Yukata history The origin of Yukata goes back to Heian period (794-1185). It is said that Yukatabira, a kind of underwear, was worn to hide their skin for bathing.

In Edo period, Yukata spread to ordinary people. It was used to hide their skin and to absorb moisture after taking a bath.

・These days’ Yukata
Nowadays, Yukata is not for everyday cloths but used as a simple kimono when we enjoy summer festival like firework displays and Bon festival.
Most people can’t wear Yukata and kimono by ourselves, so we make a reservation kimono dresser.
Recently easy-wear Yukata and separate Yukata are also sold at shop and on the internet site.

○Easy-wear Yukata
You have to adjust the length of Yukata and tie the yukata tightly around the waist by using a string, the koshi-himo. But you don’t have to tie Obi. Just put on Obi which is already tied.

○Separete Yukata
Lower part of Yukata is like a wrap-around skirt. Upper par…

In Japan tanabata (star festival) is held on July 7 .

When you look up at the sky at summer night, you’ll see the Milky Way.
There is a romantic story about two stars near the Milky Way.

Tanabata legend is like this:

Orihime (Shokujo-sei, Alpho Lyrae) lived in the East of the Milky way. Orihime, the Lord of heaven’s daughter, weaved heavenly garment every day.

The Lord was sorry for his daughter because she was a single. So he married her to Hikoboshi (Kengyu-sei, Alpha Aquilae).

But Orihime became not to weave at all after her marriage.The Lord was angry with her and separated them. 

He allowed her to cross the Milky Way and to see Hikoboshi once in a year at night on July 7.
The origin of this legend goes back to Chinese legends.

Except this in Japan there was a religious belief called tanabata -tsume.

The maiden called tanabata-tsume weaved the cloth to devote to gods.

And she shut herself in a weaving hut to receive gods in order to rid the villagers of impurity.

Tanabata(Star Festival) is a hybrid of Chinese legends and customs with indigenous Japanese religious beliefs.

On the night of July 6 we write our wishes on an oblong strip of paper and tie it to bamboo grass.
It is said that the wish will come true by doing that. 

Formally the bamboo is placed under the eaves on the evening of July 6 and are taken inside on July 7.
Originally this custom comes from an event called kikoden in Tou period(618~907) in China. In this event a maiden would pray for weaving skills by hanging five colored threads on the tip of a bamboo stick.

This photo is the Star Festival in Sendai in Tohoku region.

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