How to put on nagajuban : one piece

How to put on nagajuban : one piece

Nagajuban is an undergarment for kimono.

It has two types, an one-piece and two-piece nagajuban. The one- piece nagajuban is like a long robe. The two-piece nagajuban consists of two parts, a top and bottom.

Nagajuban has a part to show even though it is an undergarment.

The collar is always showed. Sometimes the part of the sleeves can be seen as you move. It will be one of the attractive points of kimono. Some kimono lovers are particular about the details of nagajuban.

Types of juban

Please look at  the photo below.

A one-piece undergarment on the left is called nagajuban. A two-piece undergarment in the middle is called nibushiki-nagajuban. A one-piece undergarment with long sleeves on the right is nagajuban for furisode.

Basically, you put on them in a same way.

many types of "nagajuban"


Before you put on nagajuban, please make sure that haneri, a decorative collar and erishin, a collar stiffener are attached.


Learning targets

  • How to close the collar properly
  • How to use munahimo effectively

If you wear nagajuban properly, you can wear kimono beautifully and comfortably. During putting on kimono, please keep your posture upright with your feet together and facing straight forward.


How to put on a one-piece nagajuban

Center the back seam and make emon space


from put on "juban" to hold the collar

1. Put nagajuban on. Hold the collar ends equally at the center front.


center the back seam

2. Holding the the back seam, move the hands back and forth to center the back seam.


make "emon" space

3. Pull down the back seam and make emon, space at the nape.

That’s “emon wo nuku” in Japanese. One of the attractive points of kimono.


Emon suitable for the place and use

"emon" for casual kimono

This is emon for daily kimono. Put your fist vertically.


"emon" for formal kimono

This is emon for formal events. Put your fist horizontally.


Close the collar

cover your left breast

4. Holding the right collar, deeply cover your left breast with the right front part.


cover your right breast

5. Holding the left collar, deeply cover your right breast with the left front part.

Covering your breasts deeply means wrapping your breasts. It is very important. If you do so, the breasts will stop the collar getting collapse. Finally you’ll get a beautiful V-shape of the collar.


Put the collar in place

cross point of younger women

Younger women cross the collar on the notch just above the breastbone. You do the same when you wear nagajuban for furisode.


cross point of older women

Older women cross the collar below the notch just above the breastbone.


have a symmetrical triangle

6. Do you have a symmetrical triangle on the chest? It is important to be symmetrical when wearing kimono.

For those with long bob hairstyles, short necks, and plumpness, a flat collar is recommended. The visible part of the neck increases, and the neck line looks sharp. Please see below.


Reshape the collar

Everyone may experience standing collar and  narrowing emon. In that case, please try the following.

lift the collar

a.  Lift the collar holding with both hands at the same time.


collar open

b. When the collar opened, gently pull both sides of the collar aside.


Slide the hands sideways.

c. Slide the hands sideways.


hold the collar and the back seam

d. Holding the triangle (see 6) on the chest with ether hand, hold the back seam with the other hand.


pull the back seam

e. Pull the back seam down and the collar comes along the neck. Then emon will widen.

In summer, make a little more space around the neck because it makes you cool.  Next, tie munahimo.


Tie munahimo

pass "himo" to the right hand

7. While holding the left collar with the right hand, take the center of munahimo with the left hand and pass it to the right hand.


Slide the "munahimo"

8. Slide munahimo under breasts and cross it at the back.


twist one end around the other end twice

9. Bring the ends to the front and twist one end around the other end twice (make two loops).


cross both ends

10. Cross both ends.


tuck ends in

11. Tuck them in and slide your fingers to remove the wrinkles.


remove wrinkles

12. Slide your fingers along munahimo to remove wrinkles on the back.


remove wrinkles on the back

13. If you have some extra fabric at miyatsuguchi, side openings, push the back bodice inside the front one, and carefully pull the front one to remove wrinkles. Do it on both sides at the same time.


pull down "juban"

14. If your emon gets narrower, hold the waist line on the extension of the shoulder blades with both hands and pull them down at the same time.


Tie munahimo with emon-nuki

Pass "munahimo" through

1. Pass munahimo through the hole as the photo above. If you have two holes, basically choose the upper one.


bring the right "himo" to the front

2. After centering the back seam and closing the collar, bring the right himo to the front while holding the collar.


bring the left "himo" to the front

3.While holding the collar and the right himo, bring the left himo to the front and hold the right himo with it.


"himo" go around

4.Wrap the left himo under the breasts.


cross them and tuck

5.Twist the end twice around the other end, cross them and tuck them in. When himo is slippery, tie a half bow knot.


Wrap datejime

slide "datejime" on the chest

15. Place the center of datejime on the upper part of the chest and slide it under breasts. Sliding datejime prevents from the collar puffing up and also smooth wrinkles.


one side down

16. Cross datejime at the back with one side down.


one side up

17. Fold it up.


bring the ends to the front

18. Bring the ends to the front and tighten datejime once.

Don’t tighten too much! Inhale and hold the breath and tie a knot. That may be good for you.


make 2 loops

19. Twist one end around the other end twice, while holding the cross point firmly not to get loose datejime.


tighten "datejime"

20. Tighten it, but not too much.


cross the ends

21. Cross the ends so as to make the knot flat.


tuck the ends in

22. Tuck the ends in one by one while holding the knot with any fingers. Please be careful not to loosen the knot and the sash.


remove wrinkles

23. Put the wrinkles aside by sliding fingers.


smooth the back

24. Tuck the extra fabric of the back bodice into the front bodice at mitatsuguchi to remove wrinkles.



25. Okay, finished!


Nagajuban is the most important foundation. Wearing it well or badly decides your kimono style.  So please take enough time to put on nagajuban .

Okay, let’s go to the next stage How to put on kimono.