Yukata (浴衣)


  • Yukata

    浴衣


    In this season, I sometimes see people who are wearing ‘yukata‘ (浴衣).
    この時期、たまに「浴衣」を着ている人を見かけます。

    Yukata is a kind of Japanese summer clothes, which is an unlined kimono (着物 – traditional Japanese clothes).
    浴衣とは、素肌の上に着る単衣の着物のことです。

    This term comes from ‘yukatabira‘ (湯帷子), which was used during the Heian period.
    この言葉は、平安時代に使われていた「湯帷子」から来ています。

    Yu‘ (湯) means “bath” and ‘katabira‘ (帷子) means an unlined kimono for summer.
    「湯」は “bath”、「帷子」は夏用の単衣の衣のことです。

    Therefore, yukatabira means a cloth to hide one’s skin while taking a bath.
    すなわち湯帷子とは、入浴の際に肌を隠す衣のことです。

    Originally, only those of high-rank used yukatabira, but after cotton spread in the Edo period, it came to be called ‘yukata’ for short and became common as casual wear for summer.
    もともと湯帷子は貴族が用いたものでしたが、江戸時代に木綿が普及すると、「ゆかた」と略され、夏の普段着として庶民にも広まりました。

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