Kimono accessories

Kimono accessories

You need many accessories to wear kimono because it doesn’t have any zippers and buttons.

So usually use cords, belts and sashes. Those kimono accessories have unique names.

For kimono and juban



himo : a long and thin fabric

Himo changes its name depending on where to use, such as koshihimo, munahimo and karihimo. The most recommended material is 100% wool called muslin.

koshihimo : It is used to secure kimono on your body by tying firmly. It is tied around the waist like a belt for bottoms. It is the most important thing when wearing kimono.

munahimo :  It is used to keep the position of the collar.

karihimo :  It is used to hold the shape of obi temporarily in the procedure of tying.


hakata "datejime"

datejime : a thin sash / belt

This is a traditional datejime made in Hakata.

"datejime" belt

This is datejime belt with a hook and loop fastener.

Datejime is a thin sash or belt to make kimono and juban fit your body.

Datejime keeps muna-himo, kimono belt and the position of the collar.

Datejime is effective to keep the V-shape of the collar beautiful.

Kimono belt

kimono belt

kimono belt / korin belt

Kimono belt is used instead of himo.

The belt is easy for your body because it is stretchable.



erishin : interlining of the collar / collar stiffener

By using erishin, the shape of the collar is kept neat.


haneri collars

haneri : exchangeable collar / decorative collar

Haneri is a piece of cloth.

It is one of the items to show your originality.

Change the collar when it is dirty.

White is a basic color. It makes your face brighter as using a reflector board.

Refer to How to sew haneri

Kasane-eri (date-eri)

kasane-eri collars

kasane-eri (date-eri) : layered collar / decorative collar

Kasane-eri is a decorative collar and mainly used for formal kimono, such as furisode, houmongi and tomesode without hiyoku.

Kasane-eri or date-eri upgrades your kimono style.

Refer to How to sew kasane-eri

For obi



obimakura : obi pad / pad for obi

Obimakura is a pad that keeps the shape of obi beautiful.

It is necessary when making otaiko musubi.



obi-ita : a board for obi

Obi-ita is a board that keeps the surface of obi smooth.

It is used by sandwiching it between obi layers.


sanjuhimo band

sanjuhimo : a triple elastic band for tying obi

Sanjuhimo consists of a piece of fabric tape and triple elastic bands to secure a shape of obi.

Sanjuhimo is often used to tie obi for furisode. It enables you to create various shapes of obi tying.

Refer to How to make gojuhimo


obiage cloth

obiage : a long and wide strip of cloth for obi

Obiage is a decorative cloth supporting the shape of otaiko on the back by covering the pad called obimakura. The color accentuates your kimono style.

Refer to How to tie obijime and obiage


obijime cord

obijime : a cord for obi / final cord

Obijime is a decorative cord to secure obi in place.

Firmly tying obijime keeps obi shape.

Refer to How to tie obijime and obiage



obidome : an accessory for obi

Obidome is an accessory for obi. It is good to add it when you feel that the kimono coordination is not enough. It accentuates a simple obi .



netsuke : an ornament accessory for kimono / a charm accessory / carved Japanese ornament

Netsuke consists of an ornament, strap and small plate. It is used to decorate your kimono style. There are various kinds of ornaments, such as animals, flowers and so on.

Originally it is used to tether a small container to obi or kimono.




hadajuban : underwear for kimono

Hada-juban is front open underwear for the upper body. It is usually made of cotton.

You can wear a camisole instead.

Refer to Underwear for kimono



susoyoke : underwear for lower body / wrap petticoat

Sosoyoke is a type of kimono underwear that wraps the lower body to shape and keep the body warm.

Refer to Underwear for kimono

kimono slip

kimono slip

kimono slip : a slip for kimono / one-piece underwear for kimono

Young women often wear a kimono slip for yukata in summer.

Refer to Underwear for kimono

Wasou bra


wasou bra : a bra for kimono / Japanese bra

Wasou bra is a functional brassiere to make the breasts flat. It helps you put on kimono easily and neatly.

Refer to Underwear for kimono



hosei-yogu : padding

Padding is used to make the body line smooth.
“No hip and no waist” is one of the keys to wear kimono beautifully.
That’s why padding is often used. The other reason is that kimono is sewn in straight lines. Wearing kimono is just like wrapping the body with one sheet of cloth. It is a little bit difficult to wrap a curvy body with it.

Refer to Padding for wearing kimono


nagajuban one piece

nagajuban : one-piece undergarment for kimono

Nagajuban is an undergarment that shows its collar partly. Naga means long.

Refer to How to put on nagajuban

two piece nagajuban

nibushiki nagajuban : a two-piece undergarment for kimono

The under skirt can be adjustable. A two piece juban may be more useful than one-piece juban.




tabi : traditional Japanese socks / a pair of split toe socks

Tabi are  traditional Japanese split toe socks which have four or five kohaze hooks and ukeito eyes. Those hooks are small metal pieces and eyes are long stitches on the side of the ankles. Tabi are worn by fastening with them.

Usually we don’t wear tabi when wearing yukata.

Refer to How to put on tabi



zouri : traditional Japanese sandals / traditional Japanese footwear

Traditional sandals for women in kimono.

hanao : sandal straps

dai : soles

Hanao can be adjusted to fit your feet. You can select hanao and dai as you like at a zouri shop.



geta : wooden clogs / traditional Japanese footwear

Geta consists of straps and wooden soles.

We wear them mainly for yukata.

In Japan, there is a custom to take footwear off when people enter houses.  Zouri and geta are very convenient and easy to take them off and put them on.

Please let me know if you have a good idea to explain kimono accessories!