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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Yukata That Nicholas Blair Would Approve Of

As we are nearing the warm summer months, which are also the prime camping season, I needed something to wear at night and casually in the motorhome.

I decided to buy myself a new yakata. A photo of the pattern is above.

For those of you who may be "unwashed" about Japanese clothing. Here's a description of a yukata from Wikipedia:
A yukata (浴衣?) is a Japanese garment, a casual summer kimono usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric, and unlined. Yukata are worn by both men and women. Like other forms of traditional Japanese clothing, yukata are made with straight seams and wide sleeves. Men's yukata are distinguished by the shorter sleeve extension of approximately 10 cm from the armpit seam, compared to the longer 20 cm sleeve extension in women's yukata. A standard yukata ensemble consists of a cotton undergarment (juban), yukata, obi, bare feet, sandals (geta), a foldable or fixed hand fan, and a carry bag (kinchaku). Kinchaku are used by both men and women to carry cellphones, sunglasses, wallets and tissue. For men, an optional hat or derby may also be worn to protect the head from the sun. Yukata literally means bath(ing) clothes, although their use is not limited to after-bath wear. Yukata are a common sight in Japan during the hot summer months.
It arrived today and it fits perfectly. I think Nicholas Blair from Dark Shadows would approve. 

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