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Difference among KIMONO, YUKATA, and NEMAKI

KIMONO is a general term used for anything to ware.

However, when Japanese call KIMONO that usually means
a Japanese traditional formal long gown usually worn
in an occasion like parties and ceremonies.
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The fabric of KIMONO can vary. Very expensive
silk to cotton and polyester.

Wearing KIMONO is somewhat difficult, people usually
go to a beauty shop or asks someone who knows
how to ware KIMONO to help you wear it.

You should also need to ware special type of
socks called TABI and shoes called ZORI.

Since KIMONO really means something to ware,
YUKATA and NEMAKI is also KIMONO family.

YUKATA is the term used for a casual style of kimono for summer,
usually unlined, intended to be worn at summer festivals
with a simple obi sash.
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They may be made out of cotton or polyester.
Women’s YUKATAs are often very colorful.

But men’s YUKATA tend to be two-tone geometrics,
though other darker colors. And various designs
are common these days.

You do not wear socks (TABI) and, you ware
special shoes called GETA with bare foot.

NEMAKI is the term for a cotton “lounging” kimono,
used like a bathrobe. These are often used
at resort and Onsens (spas) in Japan and they
tend to be simple collars such as blue and
maroon small geometric repeated pattern on the
white back ground.


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Usually the belt is the same color as the robe
and narrow.

It is considered as a room ware as well as pajama.

So you do not ware it out side of the house.

However, you may see many people wearing it with
TANZEN (jacket) when you visit ONSEN AREA (Hot Spring Area)。









Currently, to attract young people (especially ladies), many
Spas offer colorful NEMAKI for them to choose.

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