Monday, August 21, 2006

Japanese Summer Dresses

People wearing Yukata (Traditional summer dress) is a common sight in Japanese summer festivals. Made of cotton, yukata is cooling and comfortable to wear in summer.

Yukata is different from kimonos; kimonos are made of silk, thicker due to inner lining, and are more detailed. However, both Yukata and Kimono are accmpnanied by wooden sandals and traditional-styled handbags.

Children and youth wear bright colors, while older people usually wear dark blue and white patterns. Occasionally, we can see characters like Hello Kitty or Mickey Mouse, on young women's or children's yukata.

A few random photos

You can see some other summer garments in these photos.

Japanese youth hostels and most of the hotels provide a Yukata for use after bathing. However, these are light colored and have a thin belt.

Being much cheaper and comfortable than a kimono, Yukata is a popular souvenir among foriegn tourists.


Anonymous said...

Very cool.

Always wanted to go to Japan. Maybe I will someday. One of the coolest cultures if you ask me.


Wally Banners said...

super nice pics loved the lil kids very tender!!

Chaminda (GC) said...


Thanks a lot for leaving a comment. Even a short stay in Japan gets much nicer due to the cultural experience, not just sightseeing.


Chaminda (GC) said...

Hi Wally,

Thanks a lot for the comments. Japanese kids have a part to play in almost all festivals.

For some more pics of Japanse kids, check Singithi's Blog.


Ma Titwonky said...

What great images! So colorful and very pleasing to the eye. Thanx for sharing :)

Chaminda (GC) said...

Hi Ma,

Thanks a lot for the comment. Both nature and events here tend to be quite colorful. I will post photos regularly, enjoy when you are free!


stephen said...

Stunning cocktail-umbrella head-wear, too. ;)

Chaminda (GC) said...

Hi Stephen,

You have a good eye :o). There was no way I could get it away, given the positioning. So I just let it add color :-p.

- Chaminda