I’ve been considering buying a yukata (浴衣 / ゆかた) for a while – and yes, I don’t live in Japan, nor am I Japanese – I don’t know why I want one – I just do. It’s probably because it’s Matsuri season in Japan and most/all Japanese folk seem to get kitted up in their finery to attend these local festivals. In any case, looking at all of these people enjoying themselves in yukata (in the broiling heat, mind you) – I can’t help but think – if I did wear one in Oz, I would probably due from heat stroke. Also, WHERE would I wear it? It’s not like the people of Brisbane make a huge habit of celebrating Japanese culture. I guess I could host multiple themed parties at my place, but then, what would be the point? I would probably want more. WHY? WHY, JAYNE, WHY?
Well, who needs a reason…I’ve just spent the last hour ooo-ing and aah-ing over some of the prettiest yukata I can find that are reasonably priced (all from Rakuten) – and they’re all hyper coloured. Well, that figures, if you’re going to wear a yukata in Brisbane, you might as well go all-out. My favourite yukata come from this shop/brand: Kimonomachi (京都きもの町). Their summer colour range is astonishing!
Also, they sell full sets (“3 Item” or “5 item” sets) for the yukata at this store – the “5 item” sets include a yukata of your choice, obi, obi belt, small pouch (kinchaku) and geta (wooden shoes – no socks)! You can also choose a hair accessory – ack! I’m dying from the adorableness!
Oh, so pretty! Someone quickly come up with a reason for me to get one!