English ver.------Junihitoe Dressing show

Junihitoe Dressing show

Return to INDEX
National Treasure Inuyama Castle
Inuyama Festival
Nagashino Battle Flag Festival
Junihitoe Dressing show
Beauty of Japanese sword
Tokugawaen & Hosa library
The Doll Festival of the Owari Tokugawa Family
Osu Street Performing Festival
Akibasan Fire Festival

Junihitoe is a cultural costume worn by court ladies in solemn ceremonies.It is a court ladies' ceremonial dress that was perfected in the middle of the Heian period(794-1185).It was worn as a formal attire at the court and other public places.The Juni in the word Junihitoe means the number 12, but it's not about wearing a dozen kimonos.It is to dress in many garments.The higher the rank, the more robes the court ladies wore, and the number of robes they wore depended on the season.Junihitoe consists of the wearing of "Nagabakama, Hitoe, Itsutsu-ginu, Uchiginu, Uwagi, Karaginu, and Mo.

Hakama is one of the traditional garments worn on the lower half of the body in Japan.Married women wear brightly colored hakama with a slight yellowish tinge, while unmarried women wear deep purple hakama with a blackish tinge.

Hitoe is an unlined kimono, the underwear of costume.This robe is the largest, and the kimono is placed on top of it.

Itsutsu-ginu is a kimono with wide sleeves and a long body length.It is called by this name because five of these kimonos are worn on top of Hitoe.Itsutsu means five in Japanese.

Uchiginu is a type of kimono in which the garment is glued on and then beaten with a mallet to make it shiny.

Uwagi was called by this name because it was worn at the top of many garments.

Karaginu is a short, waist-length upper garment worn over the top of the Junihitoe.

to page top