A rental kimono specialty shop introduces tips for keeping your kimono cool even in summer


“I want to enjoy summer events in kimono!”
“What kind of cool kimonos are there for summer?”

As the hot summer season approaches, many people may be wondering the above questions.

In conclusion, by choosing the right type of kimono, you can enjoy going out and staying cool even in summer!

Here, we will tell you aboutthe types of summer kimonos and tips for keeping them cool even in summer.

By knowing the types of summer kimonos, you can enjoy your outings in a cool and comfortable manner, so please use this as a reference.

What is a summer kimono?

In fact, there are different types of kimono depending on the season.

Basically, from October to May, a lined kimono is worn, and from June and September, an unlined kimono is worn, and in July and August, when summer is in full swing. The rule for the moon is to wear the thinnest of single clothes.

However, these days it gets hotter earlier and the temperature difference is often large, so the above rules are no longer absolute.

When it comes to kimono and yukata, just like clothes, it is important to wear something that suits the temperature at the time so that you can enjoy walking outside.

Therefore, if you think “It’s getting hot” or “I want to wear a kimono as cool as possible,” there is no problem wearing a summer kimono.

Now, I would like to introduce “紽” and “sasa” from among the light summer kimonos, as well as “yukata”, which is a staple of summer kimono.

Types of summer kimono: “ro”, “sha”, “yukata”

Now, let me tell you more about “紽”, “紱”, and “Yukata” in more detail.

“Ro” for formal attire

“Ro” is classified as a formal summer kimono.

This “rug” is woven by combining “karami-ori”, a weaving method that creates gaps in the fabric, and “hiraori”, a weaving method that creates fewer gaps in the fabric. It is characterized by higher breathability than Hitoe kimono.

In addition, we use “Karamiori” which creates gaps in the fabric, giving it a slightly see-through feel.

“紽” is often used as formal wear, so it is mainly used for ceremonies such as shrine visits and weddings.

If you need to attend a formal event during the summer, this “紽” kimono is a good choice.

“Sha” can be worn in a wide variety of ways

“Sha” is a kimono made only from “Karami-ori”, which I mentioned earlier in the introduction of “絽” kimono.

Because it is made using only a weaving method that creates gaps in the fabric, it is more transparent and more breathable than “rugi”. Therefore, it is often worn in midsummer from July to August.

“Sa” is a kimono that has a cool atmosphere and is smooth to wear, so it can be said to be the perfect kimono to wear in the summer. “Sa” is truly a representative “summer kimono”.

Unlike “紽”, this kimono can be worn casually, so recently we have seen an increase in the number of kimonos with fashionable colors and pop patterns. If you have something with a gorgeous pattern or nice color, you can choose something that will look great at summer events.

If you want to wear a structured kimono in the summer, we recommend looking for your favorite among these gauze kimonos.

Summer classic! “Yukata”

In Japan today, the standard summer kimono is the yukata.

Yukata was once used only as loungewear, but now it has become a staple for summer outings.

I’m sure there are many men and women who say, “I’ve never worn a kimono properly, but I have worn a yukata!”

Yukatas have become such a popular item, and recently, many of them are made of polyester fabric.

Originally, many yukatas were made of cotton fabric, but polyester has become popular because it dries faster and is less likely to wrinkle.

The characteristics of this yukata are that other than the yukata, other kimono are usually worn with a hanajuban (an undergarment worn over the skin) and a nagajuban (another undergarment worn between the hanajuban and the kimono), but the yukata is unique. is the only one that can be worn directly on the skin.

However, as you know, the fabric is quite transparent, so when actually wearing a yukata, we recommend that you wear a yukata slip, or a undergarment and hem cover. By doing so, you will be able to enjoy your outings to the fullest without worrying about them being see-through.

Tips for keeping your kimono cool even in summer

Tips for keeping your kimono cool even in summer

[Nagajuban] Choose a cool Nagajun undergarment (underwear)

Whether it’s a kimono or a yukata, we recommend wearing a hajuban or nagajun undergarment underneath to prevent it from being see-through, but there is actually another benefit to wearing a juban.

The point is that you can stay cool by choosing an undergarment that is highly sweat-absorbent and quick-drying.

Nowadays, there are various types of yukata slips, skin undergarments, and long undergarments. Among these, if you are going to wear it in the summer, we recommend choosing one made of 100% linen, which is highly absorbent, highly breathable, and smooth to the touch.

Choosing an undergarment that is highly sweat-absorbing and quick-drying will not only keep you cool, but also prevent sweat stains on your yukata.
Click here for an article about “Kimono underwear circumstances”

[Obi] Choose a cool obi

When choosing an obi, choose one made of the coolest material possible.

Transparent materials such as ra, gauze, and hemp are standard as summer obi.

However, there are some rules regarding the combination of obi, so if you are wearing it for a formal occasion, we recommend that you be careful about the combination. If you are renting, please consult the staff at the store.

If you want to enjoy kimono for casual occasions, please choose an obi in your favorite color and pattern and have fun with the combinations.

[Accessories] Obiage, obijime

Basically, choose summer items for kimono accessories.

We recommend a silk obiage that can be used throughout the summer.

On the other hand, obijime can be used regardless of the season. So, feel free to choose the one you like.

Lately, we’ve seen an increase in the number of lace obijime styles that give a cool impression. By using a brightly colored obijime or a lace obijime, you will be able to coordinate your outfit with a cool feel.

Use a parasol to block direct sunlight

Recently, the summer sun has been very strong. If you are outside for a long time, the heat will get trapped in your clothes and hair, so if you are walking in an area without shade, we recommend using a parasol.

We also recommend using a taxi when traveling long distances. Summer in Japan is so hot that you can get heatstroke even when you’re not wearing a kimono. Be sure to bring a parasol to enjoy your outing.

Hold a mini towel or fan

If you go out in a kimono in the summer, you’ll probably end up taking more breaks at coffee shops and cafes because of the heat.

In such cases, we recommend that you bring a mini towel or a folding fan to quickly dry off your sweat and cool down without ruining the Japanese atmosphere of the kimono.

In particular, folding fans can be folded and placed between the obi of a kimono. The sight of her wearing a folding fan in her kimono obi and the way she fans the fan are very elegant and graceful.

By holding a folding fan, you can embrace the Japanese atmosphere while dealing with the summer heat.

Stay cool in kimono and enjoy summer events

We talked about summer kimonos and tips on how to keep them cool even in summer.

If you want to enjoy summer outings in a rental kimono, Waplus Kyoto is recommended.

Kimono stylists who are experts in kimono and yukata will advise you on how to choose the perfect kimono and yukata to wear in the summer.

[Why Waplus Kyoto is recommended for summer kimono outings]
・Limited plan from June to September! Enjoy going out in a yukata for just 3,850 yen
・You can consult with a kimono stylist about everything from choosing a kimono or yukata to setting your hair.
・A wide variety of cool and stylish yukatas and branded yukatas are available.
Click here for rental kimono/yukata list

By renting a kimono while talking to the staff about your kimono/yukata preferences and sightseeing activities, you will be able to stay cool and enjoy going out in a kimono even in summer.
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Author of this article


Waplus Yasaka Shrine store staff

Ayana Ogawa

We would like to help many customers smile through kimono rental.
I love spending time listening to customer requests and proposing kimono coordination and deciding on hair styles!
I am particularly good at hair styling, so please leave it to me to create the currently popular feminine hair.
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