Monday, August 6, 2007


The Hada-Juban is an the first article clothing when wearing a formal kimono.

Front view of the woman hadajuban (retrieved from: 3yen)

Front View of Male Hada-Juban (retrieved from: Gai-jin Kekkonshiki)

Hada means skin. The Hada-Juban is made of 100% cotton. It helps to keep the kimono from getting soiled. Augberginefluer provides the following advice for wearing Hada-Juban under Yakata in her blog "Japan Now & Then":

1) One-Piece Hada-Juban for Yukata

This is worn over your underwear to prevent the yukata from sticking to your skin, and though I went years without bothering to wear one, it is much cooler if you do. The best is a 100% percent cotton or linen full body shift. Avoid ones with a polyester skirt. Sales assistants will try to talk you into a large size if you are a gaijin to move the merchandise, but unless you are large, get the medium because the extra material of the skirt will make it hard to walk because it tangles around your legs. Appropriate underwear is a sports bra and panties for a woman and V-neck T-shirt and boxers for a man; men do not need a hada-juban.

The photos below are of the front and back of the Hada-Juban taken retrieved from Japanese Lifestyle).

Sites of interest:

Japan Then & Now

Japanese Lifestyle

Gai-jin Kekkonshiki

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