Translated by Jay Issei Karslake
How To Put On A Yukata By Yourself (Men's Edition)
Do you like traditional Japanese clothing? Would you like to wear a kimono or a yukata? This article explains step by step how to put on a yukata and introduces the services of Asakusa Aiwafuku, a yukata rental shop where you can realize your dream of wea
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Men Can Also Wear A Yukata!
For girls it's like a dream to be wearing a yukata and attend a Japanese summer fireworks festival with their significant other. Men should also wear a yukata!
In this article we will explain how to wear a yukata. You will be able to wear it confidently even if you are trying it for the first time! How about wearing a yukata when going out with your girlfriend? You will have a great time together.
Small Accessories That Help Fixing The Yukata In Place
Compared to a woman's yukata fitting, for men is a lot simpler to put on a yukata, and it doesn't require much preparation. Besides the yukata and the obi (hip waistband), all you need is the under-sash, two cloth strings, and one bath towel. We will explain how to use each one of them.
Asakusa Aiwafuku, a kimono rental shop in the Asakusa area of Tokyo, allowed us to photograph the yukata wearing session. With three locations in Asakusa, this store is very popular with travelers from abroad, especially among those from Taiwan.
We visited the original store, which has the longest history. Let's begin the fitting, while following the instructions of an experienced teacher from the staff.
How To Put On A Yukata - Pay Attention To The Order!
1. Leave on your tank top and underwear. Use the towel to straighten the shape of your body.
Generally, Japanese men wear the yukata directly to the skin. However, those who feel uncomfortable should wear a tank top or short sleeve shirt under it.
In the case of ladies, when wearing a yukata or kimono's, it's ideal for their silhouette to be straight, with no curves. For men it's the opposite! You will need to show off your stomach. (We're serious!). A plump body type with the stomach popping out a little bit makes the yukata look cooler and more beautiful!
For this reason slim men wrap a bath towel around their waists in order to add some thickness to their body. They fix it in place with the help of the first cloth string, creating thus a false "stomach".
2. Adjust the length of the yukata
The ideal length for a yukata is having the hem at the back of your feet after letting the yukata hang naturally. After wrapping the yukata around your body, adjust the hem so that the edge reaches your ankles.
A very important point: the left side of the yukata should be on top. If the right side ends up on top, it reminds of how dead people are dressed in a kimono. Don't make this mistake no matter what!
3. Adjust the collar and set the length.
After adjusting the hem, please don't forget to fix the collar. In the case of men, the collar shouldn't be too open, or else the yukata will become loose over time, the collar will open, and you will have a sloppy image. Also, men shouldn't expose their nape. After fixing everything, tie the two cloth strings around your waist to have everything set.
Next, tie the under-sash where the second cloth string is.
4. Tying the obi (waistband)
There aren't as many ways to tie a man's obi as a woman's obi. In most cases the tying method called "Kainokuchi" is used.
The man's obi is narrower than the woman's obi. First, fold the obi two along its length. Adjust the obi length so that the right side is shorter and the left one is longer.
When placing the obi at the height of the hips and tying it once, it's alright for the right side to hang around your knees length. Next, fold the right part of the obi straight in half.
Next, place the crease at the center of your stomach and wrap the long part of the left side counter-clockwise twice. Fold it so that it overlaps the shorter side.
This time fix it in the upper part like in the picture above.
Then, fold the longer side to the same length as the shorter side. At this stage, if you fold the longer side inward and adjust it, it should become around the same length as the shorter side.
Overlap the obi you brought from the right side on top of the obi part you brought from the left side.
Next, tie the overlapping obi from inwards.
Fold the hanging obi part in a upper left direction.
This part is a bit complicated. Fold the longer obi part that's being held up top in a downwards direction. Place it in the gap between the shorter obi and the first knot.
After that, when you pull it out from the right side, you'll have made a nice knot.
Pull it a little bit to make it tight and it will be ready!
If it's successful it will look like this when you slowly flip over the bottom part of the knot.
5. Turn the knot to the backside
Using both hands grab the center of the knot and the obi and turn them backwards together. The knot should be slightly to the side instead of right in the back. You can choose whether to put it to the left or right.
The man's obi is in the correct location when it's slightly below the center of the waist. After turning it to the backside use both thumbs between the obi and yukata and push it downwards. It's done!
The Yukata Is More Fun If You Wear It Yourself!
This concludes today's lesson on how to put on a men's yukata. After putting it on successfully, you will feel the joy of having managed to wear the yukata by yourself. It's rather hard to put on a yukata by yourself, but if you borrow one from a Japanese clothes rental shop or bring your favorite yukata to the shop to have it put on by the staff, you can be a rest. After that, enjoy your date and the lively summer fireworks festival!