Traditions and Customs of Japan

About traditional Japanese dresses.

Kimono and yukata are traditional Japanese clothing.
Kimono
Kimono are made of silk and are usually very expensive.Nowadays they are worn at formal or traditional occasions such as funerals, weddings or tea ceremonies. Only rarely kimono can still be seen in everyday life.
Kimono differ in style and color dependingon the occasion on which it is worn and the age and marital status of the person wearing it. To put on a kimono needs some practice. Especially tying the belt (obi) alone is difficult so that manypeople require assistance. Wearing a kimono properly includes proper hair style, traditional shoes, socks, underwear, and a small handbag for women.
The yukata, on the other hand, is more of aninformal leisure clothing. It is a comfortable dress on summer days or after a hot bath. Yukata are relatively inexpensive and made of cotton. While staying at a ryokan, you will be provided with a yukata.About the ritual way of preparing and drinking tea.
Tea Ceremony
The tea ceremony (sado: "the way of the tea") is a ceremonial way of preparing and drinking tea. The custom has been stronglyinfluenced by Zen Buddhism.
Nowadays, the tea ceremony is a relatively popular hobby. Many Japanese, who are interested in their own culture, take tea ceremony lessons. Tea ceremonies are held intraditional Japanese rooms in cultural community centers or private houses.
The ceremony itself consists of many rituals that have to be learned by heart. Almost each hand movement is prescribed.Basically, the tea is first prepared by the host, and then drunk by the guests. The tea is bitter matcha green tea made of powdered tea leaves.

Tea ceremony equipment:
Some of the most importantinstruments.
(Chasen: bamboo brush for tea preparation)

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