Traditions and Customs of Japan

About traditional Japanese dresses.

Kimono and yukata are traditional Japanese clothing.
KimonoKimono are made of silk and are usually very expensive. Nowadays they are worn at formal or traditional occasions such as funerals, weddings ortea ceremonies. Only rarely kimono can still be seen in everyday life.
Kimono differ in style and color depending on the occasion on which itis 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) aloneis difficult so that many people 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 an informal leisure clothing. It is a comfortable dress on summerdays 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 ofpreparing and drinking tea. The custom has been strongly influenced 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 in traditional Japanese rooms in [continua]

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