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Manners for

outing wearing the Kimono


We will introduce the manners on going out wearing the Kimono.

Do you know the manners when going out wearing the kimono?
Listed below are the manners, which are simple yet not many people know.

  1. QIt seems difficult to walk wearing the Kimono.
    What’s the best way to walk in it?
    AFirst, put the weight on your toes, keeping the good posture. Make sure you take small steps, keeping toes a bit pigeon-toed.
  2. QIt seems complicated but what do we do when going to the bathroom?
    AFirst you pick both TSUMASAKI, the corner tips of your kimono, then flip the hem-line and tuck TSUMASAKI into the top of your Obi. When you are done, simply untuck the SHITAMAE, the inner layer of your kimono first, then fix UWAMAE, the outer layer to cover the inner layer.
  3. QWhat do we do when getting on and off a car?
    AMake sure you sit the front part of the seat for not messing the Obi and your hair style. When getting into the car, sit on the seat first, then move your head in the car with care so you won’t bump your head, and put your feet last. To get out of the car, do the exact reverse. Feet out first, then the head with care, and stand up.
  4. QHow do we climb up and down stairs smoothly?
    AMake sure you won’t soil the hem-line.
    Pick UWAMAE, the outer layer of your kimono, and walk with the tip of your toes, your body slightly tilted, which make it easier to climb up and down stairs. Make sure you hold your long sleeves while wearing FURISODE, the formal Kimono with long sleeves.
  5. QHow do we carry purses/bags beatifully?
    APurse and/or bag should be carried in one hand. When carrying more than two bags/purse, one bag/purse should be a handbag so that you can carry your bag/purse in one arm and carry the other one in the same hand.
  6. QTeach us the manners when visiting Japanese style houses/places.
    ATake off the coat at GENKAN, the entrance.
    Put it on at the GENKAN, too, when leaving.
    You can take off ZORI, the slippers, by pushing one heal against the inner side of the other slipper to slide out one foot. Do the same with the other side.
  7. QTell us the basic manner on having Japanese meals like KAISEKI dishes.
    AThe basic manners and how-tos are as follows:

    How to use the napkin:

    Fold the napkin in half and put it on your lap. Use the napkin to wipe your mouth and fingers during the meal. You may tuck the napkin corner in the Obi or Obi-jime so that it won’t fall off.

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    Soup in Japanse bowl:

    The cover of the soup bowl should be placed inside up, by the right side of your tray. The covers must not be stacked to avoid scratching/damaging the gold/silver lacquer. Place the cover on the bowl after eating.

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    NIMONO, cooked dishes:

    Do not pick up a big piece of food and bite into it. Place it in the cover to cut it with the chopsticks, and eat it with the chopsticks by picking up the cover. You may sip the soup from the soup bowl.

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    Other manners:

    Not only for the Japanese dishes but for any other dishes, it is good manners not to leave food. If you don’t think you can finish, do not touch the dish.

    When invited for a meal:

    Try to have a casual conversation with others. Do not talk while your mouth is full, when the other person puts food in their mouth, or while a speech is being given.

    Poor manners during meals:

    • Hunching over and eating over the dish, like a dog, “INU-GUI”
    • Eating rice without putting the rice bowl down on the table after being served the second serving, “UKE-GUI”
    • Moving chopsticks while deciding which dish to pick, “MAYOI-BASHI”
    • Stirring the dish with chopsticks, “SAGURI-BASHI”
    • Eating skewered food directly to the mouth, “MOGI-BASHI”
    • Picking up food from across the table and dripping the broth, “NAMIDA-BASHI”
    • Moving plates/dishes using chopsticks, “YOSE-BASHI”
    • Placing chopsticks over the dishes, “WATASHI-BASHI”
    • Poking/stabbing food with chopsticks, “SASHI-BASHI”
    • Licking the food on chopsticks, “MEBURI-BASHI”

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