NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉

2007/1/31

袴 Hakama Hakama

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Hakama is a traditional Japanese clothing to cover the lower part of kimono. It is tied at the waist with attached belt. Until the Edo period it was worn only by men, but since the Meiji period it was also worn as a school uniform of girl-students. Hakama is in many cases worn in formal occasions, but dressing it is rather simple. It used to be daily clothing for samurai and is suitable for active movements. There are several kinds of Hakama; the umanori (horse-riding) type, which is divided like trousers, the andon (portable lantern) type like a skirt, no-bakama (field hakama) with narrowed bottoms, and tattsuke-bakama (with narrow calf coverings). Hakama is still worn on ceremonial occasions and martial arts like Kendo or Kyudo (Japanese archery).

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