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How to wear your yukata. by HarlequinsTears How to wear your yukata. by HarlequinsTears
Ok so I was at the Sakura Festival in DC today, and I found a really cheap yukata for sale. The guy at the stand was like "that's gonna be huge on you, you know", and I couldn't help but to think 'you don't know how to wear a yukata, do you?'.
So this got me to thinking. How many others out there were fooled into thinking that their yukata is too big for them?
So I decided to make a tutorial on how to wear a yukata, based off of what I was taught by a very nice lady named Yukari when I went to Japan (she tied my yukata for me many times).
This is mainly a tutorial for people who's yukata's seem too long, when really they're the perfect size. Most are going to run on the long side, so this is a big tip on how to wear them!

...Ignore the fact that I look like hell...I'm sick, and I'm wearing sweatpants and a bra, for gods sakes...>>;
I might remake this tutorial some day, when I get a proper obi belt, and I don't look so crappy.

This could be used as a guide to wearing a kimono as well, though there several more steps and addages. But you get the idea.

Note: I should make a note now, because I just noticed this...If you are gonna tie the Obi, don't tie it in the front unless you want trained eyes handing you money in turn for sexual favors o___o;. Obi's tied in the front are generally signs of a prostitute, but of course I totally forgot that when writing this tutorial.
Gomen.
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DukieArch1941 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Is it conventional to go with or without a bra? 
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Kitsu4tail Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wait does Matsuri mean festival? it would make since cuz Matsuri con is in August. I dont exacly know many Japanese words.
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Essentially, yes!
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ToxicKiba Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i really appreciate this! i recently got one from my uncle who's stationed in Japan as a Grad gift, but had no clue how to wear it!

apparently i am super tall compared to the average 'asian' standard because he got me one that was middle range when it came to adult sizes. When i put it on, i had no use for the belt because it already hit my ankle!! >_< the sleeves hit just below my elbow (which is still acceptable i guess).
so its really funny to see it on me. :) my friend Minh, finds it hilarious to watch me put it on and wear it. she says i look like a poor lost, abit fashionable, weeaboo TT_TT
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, yeah I've put yukata on people of many sizes. My college Japanese teacher runs a Japan Day festival in my city every year, so she usually asks me for my extra yukata and my help dressing her students. You can usually modify the way you wear it based on your height. The one thing I do notice about wearing it without the belts under the obi, and folding the extra fabric over, is that as with a bath robe you have to be careful about the yukata coming open in the front. So if you wear it out and about, you might want to pin it shut or use one of the under belts anyway just for some added closure in front.
Enjoy wearing your yukata! I'll be making a new tutorial soon ;)
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ToxicKiba Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That sounds alot like my english teacher :) Ive worn a spare of her's before but she did all the fancy adjusting and tying for me.

I'll probably end up wearing the belt plus pinning it, since its of a light cotton and i gotta make sure my larger girls stay where their suppose to! (out of sight!!)

Thank you oh so much! <3 I do have to admit, throughout the tut I kept trying to figure out what your necklace really looked like, haha
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, haha the necklace I was wearing at the time is actually a really interesting one. I study Tibetan Buddhism and the necklace (not actually supposed to be worn as a necklace) is a small plastic tube-like case with a tiny enclosed picture of the deity Yeshe Walmo, who is the protectress. Most people hang them in their cars or in their homes somewhere, but I was in a really unstable transitioning period at the time, and so I wore it around my neck.
I'm sure that explanation is a lot more in depth than you might have expected ^^;
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ToxicKiba Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well from what i can see of it, its very pretty. And i love 'in depth' descriptions, leaves less guess work haha.
Honestly, i didnt know Tibetan Buddhism existed (which sounds rather dumb now that i realize) but i dont think they would mind you wearing it as a necklace in you need it for extra strength or comfort. ^_^
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! There are many sects of Buddhism. The Dalai Lama is the religious leader of one of the Tibetan sects of Buddhism. The one I study is called Bon. And yes, at the time I really did need the support and comfort ;)
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ToxicKiba Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(i totally just googled Bon) is it Bon dharma? you peaked my interest so i started reading into it. I must admit, you've broadened my horizon when it comes to the different 'types' :)
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah that's probably it. The "o" in Bon has two dots over it (umlaut). That's awesome though! I'm glad I could introduce you to something new.
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ari--hime Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
nice tutorial, clear and easy to read! i'll be using this. :> //hug but just wondering, is that a male obi..? it looks a little thin.
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's actually not an obi at all. I didn't have an actual obi at the time, so I used one of the head scarves that they wear ^^;
I own several obi now, and as I keep saying (and one day will actually make good on) I plan to do a new tutorial that will include a two piece nagajuban (undergarment) and the obi!
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ari--hime Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
wow, that's actually really creative! i love that! that's a really great way for people who don't have an obi to still wear thier yukata. i couldn't tell at all~!
just wondering, where do you get your obis? ; o ;
can't wait to see your new tutorial!
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's actually a really excellent site that sells kimono, yukata, obi, and accessories. At a pretty manageable price too! [link]
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ari--hime Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
oh my gosh, thank you so much! ; ^ ;
and i think i forgot to mention this, but you're really pretty :iconblushplz:
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you, that's very sweet <3
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motherfuckinjones Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What lovely breasts you have. ;o
Though on a more serious note, this may come in handy for me later.. :"D
Cool tut bro.
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you!
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MsMissy87 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
awesome tutorial
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I appreciate it. As I tell everyone, at some point I'll be making a new one (much more in depth) hopefully soon! Keep an eye out ;)
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MsMissy87 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
will do :)i am making my 14 month old a yukata and obi, maybe a kanzashi for the japanese cultural fair in 2 weeks :) trying to learn as much as i can
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That sounds adorable! Best of luck to you :D
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MsMissy87 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
thank you, will post when its all done :)
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FaithStarLight Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this! I just received a yukata as a gift but I had no idea how to fold it e.t.c. :P This is really helpful, thank you so much :aww:
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! Like I've been telling everyone, I'll be making a new tutorial (hopefully) soon! I'll also include a tutorial on how to fold/store them :3. Enjoy your new yukata!
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FaithStarLight Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That will be great :D I'm having trouble tying the obi? It's got strings on it to make it easier, rather than you having to fold the whole thing yourself, but I can't figure out where to hide the strings and stuff lol :XD:
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So far I am only really pro at doing the butterfly obi, and I'll be doing a tutorial on that along with my yukata tutorial! I've had a lot of people asking me about this recently, so since it's Cherry Blossom season I'll do my best to get this tutorial out ASAP!
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FaithStarLight Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very kind :D Can't wait to see it! :nod:
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GlassLipsFullOfLies Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student General Artist
how does one determine the right yukata size for oneself? very helpful, btw.
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yukata generally come as one size fits most. Sadly, larger women will find this very annoying, as the Japanese don't really accommodate for us Americans. If you're a fairly average size you shouldn't have any trouble. I'm 5'6", 140 lbs, and most yukata are rather long on me. The good thing is the way yukata are worn makes this not a problem, as you wind up folding the excess over at the hips.
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GlassLipsFullOfLies Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student General Artist
oh, that's awesome! thanks!
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! Keep an eye out, some day in the (hopefully) near future I plan on making a newer, BETTER tutorial with obi and nagajuban ;)
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GlassLipsFullOfLies Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student General Artist
awesome! can't wait to see it!
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OnliaFaze Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
how helpful
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MissMeiMei Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
I know this is an old post. but this really helped me. I borrowed a yukata from a friend for halloween and I had no idea how to wrap the huuge voluminous fabric. Thankyou
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww I'm so happy it was helpful! I know I keep saying this, but one day soon I swear I'll make a new, better, more helpful tutorial! Keep a look-out for it ;)
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Sarablack10 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Thank you for this lovely tutorial! And props for being brave to show your bra.

I got a yukata in Japan but all four times I wore it, my host grandma dressed me, and I didn't pay attention. Now, I want to wear it and was totally stumped! Its sad how many people don't know how to properly wear them and wear them anyways.
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap I love you so much for this! Now actually owning a Yukata would be helpful at this point.
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad it's helpful! I plan on making a new tutorial soon, so keep an eye out for it ;)
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That I shall do!
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Nickle4aPickle Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
VERY helpful! Thanks so much for making this! :clap:
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad it was helpful! I keep saying this, and I promise I'll do it soon, but I'm planning on making a new, better tutorial, so keep an eye out!
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Nickle4aPickle Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hokay! :salute:
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caterpillartomoko Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Great tutorial. So I was not seeing things about the hole at the side. I was beginning to wonder about the purpose of it. Thanks. So that's where the 'chop chop' should be done.
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, exactly!
I plan on making a new tutorial soon, including obi and nagajuban instructions, so keep an eye out for it!
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caterpillartomoko Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Thanks.
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Engeline Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
This was a great help! I almost went crazy. XD
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HarlequinsTears Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad it was useful! I will have a new tutorial up soon that will be much more useful, so keep an eye out!
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Engeline Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Okidoki, will do!
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