Yukata Special

Summer time is yukata time in Japan. JAPANESE STREETS went out and found some trendy men and women wearing yukata in Osaka.

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A yukata is a simple cotton summer kimono. They used to be extremely common in Japan, but lost much of their popularity after the end of WWII. For a while, you could only see people wearing yukata at Summer festivals, fireworks displays and at country beaches or spa resorts.

During the 1990s, however, several highly renowned Japanese designers blew new life into the yukata and ever since it has made a dramatic come-back. It has even become fashionable again for young men to wear yukata.

Yukata are unlined and feature straight seams and wide sleeves, which are handy for a purse or a package of cigarettes. Obi (the sash around the waist) for men are very simple, while obi for women are more elaborate. This year it is very popular for women to also wear a chiffon ribbon over the obi, which makes the wearer look younger and gives a very cute and playful impression.

Although the styles of bags and zori (footwear) for women used to be very limited and determined in the past, these days just about anything goes. Some people even wear high heels with their yukata.

We shot some 89 photos of yukata in Osaka.

Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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