Japanese kimonos sometimes have been dressed in sexy way for over 100 years. In modern times, sexy kimono is popular not only in Japan but also outside Japan. We will Introduce the characteristics of sexy kimono and the sexy kimono wearing experience.
Sexy Kimono: Japanese Oiran
More than 150 years ago, there were service workers in Japan who were called "Oiran" (花魁). It refers to the most popular and highest ranked prostitute in the night town where men gathered.
Oiran wears a bridal gown worn at a wedding. It features flashy and luxurious colors and patterns. This has the meaning of showing the items that have been donated by customers and the Oiran's own high rank. Although the skin is not exposed, the gorgeous kimono of Oiran would have looked sexy in the eyes of the men at that time.
In addition, women of the time tied kimono's obi at the back because they interfered with household chores, but Oiran's kimono had obi tied at the front. There are various theories about this, such as "to show the beauty of the obi" or "to symbolize that she is a "one-night wife" that has nothing to do with housework".
Even in modern time, at cabaret clubs and brothels, sometimes the workers wear Oiran-style kimono to welcome guests as a service to their customers.
Sexy Kimono: Lingerie-like Kimono
Robes made of silk or satin are also called "kimono" in Western countries. In some cases, it is worn directly over the skin in lieu of lingerie.
Many patterns are similar to Japanese kimonos such as flowers and butterflies, but a simple color is also common.
Sexy Oiran Kimono's Colour
From that time on, brides wore white clothes to show the willingness to be coloured by the groom's family, but since Oiran needed to show their gorgeous appeal, Oiran kimono were not white, but rather flashy.
Where can I Buy a Sexy Kimono?
Oiran-style kimonos can be purchased online. Cloths are glossy like satin, and most of the designs have wide-open chest for flashiness. It's not generally considered good manners to open the chest of a kimono, so you should avoid wearing sexy kimonos at Japanese fireworks festivals and summer festivals. You can try it on at a party or cosplay venue though.
How Much does a Sexy Kimono Cost?
A robe-type kimono can be purchased for about 3000 yen for the cheap one. It costs more than 10,000 yen if you buy one using silks.
Sexy Kimono Experience in Japan?
If you want to wear sexy Oiran kimono in Japan, use Photo Studio's service. At the famous photo studio “Studio Nanairo” in Asakusa, Tokyo, you can take pictures in Oiran costumes. For the "Oiran Premium" course (40,000 yen/excluding tax), one Oiran costume will be available for you, plus make up from hair arrangement, hair ornaments, false eyelashes, and nail tips (as of May 2020).