Spice up Your Summer With These Totally Unique Yukata
Summer has come and it’s that time of the year for yukata to make their appearance in the streets! During this season people in Japan dress up in the traditional garment, a light summer kimono that comes in all kinds of patterns. Flowers are generally the most popular; yukata featuring Japanese flowers never fail to shine with a gentle beauty admired by all.
However, there are designs that deliberately stray from the typical yukata pattern. Instead of flowers, they cover the yukata with unique motifs from food to animals to even…emoticons?
This year popular voice actress Izumi Kitta came up with her own original design featuring gyoza, Japanese dumplings stuffed with meat. As the official Utsunomiya Gyoza PR ambassador, it’s no wonder she’s able to convey her love for gyoza even in such a unique way as printing it on yukata.
Candy apple pattern
Ringo ame (candy apples) are a common treat found at most summer festivals. Sticky and sweet, they’re favorites among children. Fashion brand E hyphen world gallery collaborated with popular model Natsume Mito to make this whimsical design, combining ringo ame with a cute and retro gingham check pattern.
How would you like to have ducks taking a stroll on your yukata? Furifu, a select brand that specializes in traditional yet quirky kimono, added another unique design to their collection this year. Taking on a marine-inspired look, this yukata features white ducks (in striped shirts, no less) all over its in fabric and even walking across the obi sash.
Boutique brand Tsukikage pushes the boundaries of conventional, continually coming up with more and more eccentric designs every year. They’ve gained attention for their daring styles—one of them is this kaomoji (Japanese-style emoticons) design, covered all over with a whole range of emotions.
Leave it to internationally revered Chisato Tsumori to pull off a playful cat print in the most elegant way possible. No matter their age, all females can enjoy a mature yet sweet look with this special yukata. The checkered pattern is hand drawn and gives the black cats a bright and airy background.
If having the most unique yukata pattern isn’t enough, how about going the extra step and fashioning your obi into something different? The obi is the sash that cinches the yukata at the waist; although it’s typically turned into a ribbon, many girls also do variations of tying styles.
Sanrio enthusiast Miyumiyu recently shared pictures of her handiwork on Twitter, where she had tied multiple obi into various Sanrio characters such as My Melody and Cinnamoroll. The Twitterverse quickly fell in love with this creative recreation, and her efforts were rewarded with over 40,000 likes and 30,000 retweets.
While yukata is beloved for its traditional beauty and customs, there are also many ways to arrange it with just a little creativity be it through patterns or accessories. Do you still prefer the classic floral, or these new-fangled patterns?
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