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So recently characters going to festivals in anime talk about putting on Yukatta's and the Yukatta's are given the treatment that in the past (ten years or so ago) I had seen reserved for Kimono's. What is the difference between Yukattta's and Kimonos? To this westerners eyes they really don't look different. Was this a translation error in the past where Kimonos were really Yukattas? Are cultural signifiers any different?

Thanks! Like to get a little culture education with my entertainment...
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So recently characters going to festivals in anime talk about putting on Yukatta's and the Yukatta's are given the treatment that in the past (ten years or so ago) I had seen reserved for Kimono's. What is the difference between Yukattta's and Kimonos? To this westerners eyes they really don't look different. Was this a translation error in the past where Kimonos were really Yukattas? Are cultural signifiers any different?

Thanks! Like to get a little culture education with my entertainment...



I recall the difference being being something involving the fabric but I'm probably wrong.
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"A yukata (浴衣) is a Japanese garment, a casual summer kimono usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric, and unlined."
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Yukatas are often used for summer festivals and such so it's not a mistake, in fact that's the purpose those are designed for I think. Generally easier to wear. Kimono as a word includes a lot of traditional japanese clothing ones used for formal events and everything else. It's a subtle difference for sure, I'm not sure.
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Yukata - cotton/synthetic
Kimono - silk
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I found this.

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-a-Kimono-and-a-Yukata-in-traditional-Japanese-clothing

I think what it comes down to, is that if it's Kimono, they an under garment is worn with it. If no undergarment is worn with it, then it's Yukata.

Perhaps that's why Yukata is worn in the Summer. Too many layers, get's too hot. Kimono might use additional layers because it's cooler weather? Just me, speculating.
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One yukata is considered as undergarment.The other is worn commonly during summer festivities.
When you visit a ryokan, they provide you with one. The yukata provided by ryokan are usually plain and have unisex designs/patterns and can be worn with a light overcoat during cooler weather. The other Yukata/Summer Kimono usually has very bright and more detailed designs.

As for Kimono vs a non-ryokan Yukata, IIRC, a traditional Kimono is worn with components like a juban (kind of like Mormon underwear lol) and a Yukata is a pretty casual single layer of clothing worn with an obi. Some Kimonos are made with cotton as well so you can't really use that as a way to differentiate the two.
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From a language perspective, "Kimono" literally means "a thing that you wear." Technically speaking, all clothes are Kimono.
"Yukata" literally means "a garment for bathing or basking in."

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zaldar wrote:

So recently characters going to festivals in anime talk about putting on Yukatta's and the Yukatta's are given the treatment that in the past (ten years or so ago) I had seen reserved for Kimono's.


Anime characters wearing yukata isn't anything new. There is a scene in Kimagure Orange Road (1988) where one of the two female leads talks about receiving a new yukata from her father. Also I am fairly sure that several episodes of Urusei Yatsura (1981 to 86) had them wearing yukata, though the time travel type stories in some episodes also had them wearing ancient forms of kimono, such as the version common to the Heian era.

There will be many earlier references than those but they are the earliest I can recall seeing off hand.
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So, most of this information is correct, as there are different meanings to the words and different uses for the garments. However, at my last local anime convention this past October, there were a couple of women, one of which had actually spent quite a bit of time in Japan studying, who hosted a panel workshop on yukatas and kimonos and how to put them on. The main difference between the two is actually the weather that you wear them in, as well as the fabric that they're made of to an extent. Yukatas are worn in the warmer months for festivals and traditional and formal events, things like that, while kimonos are wore in the colder months for the same reasons. And while yukata have different uses as well, such as robes in a bath house or using them for sleeping in, like AlastorCrow mentioned, kimonos really don't, at least anymore, so are usually now only used for festivals and traditional or formal events. And despite what DeadlyOats said, you do wear an undergarment under a yukata if you are going to be wearing it out in public and you're not in a bath house or your own home using it as a robe or sleepwear. It's called a juban and you'd be flashing everyone if you didn't wear it, or something like it, underneath your yukata. The other main difference, as some people have already mentioned, is the fabric that they're made out of. Yukatas are usually made out of cotton while kimonos are usually made out of silk, however with synthetic fabric now, they aren't always made out of cotton or silk, but the kimonos are still made of heavier fabric.

The other difference is that a kimono always has an under layer to it as well, not just the undergarment, that you put on before the outer kimono that everyone sees. This under layer is part of the kimono and actually fits into parts of the sleeves as well as a couple of other places that help to keep everything aligned with the outer part of the kimono. Also, the sleeve extension that you see in the sleeves where it hangs down towards the ground is longer to the ground in a kimono than in a yukata.

There are other, more detailed and specific, differences, but I don't remember them all right now.
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Kimono are the older, more traditional, and more expensive garment. They’re usually made of silk or brocade, have an inner layer and an outer layer, and are worn with at least two collars. Both men and women wear kimono. They can be worn year-round and have different seasonal styles – unlined in summer, lined in autumn and spring, and padded in winter. There are also different types of kimono depending on the occasion as well as the wearer’s social status.

Yukata are the more casual and inexpensive garment. They’re typically made of cotton and are meant for wearing in the summer. Yukata are mostly worn by women; however, it’s becoming more popular for young men to also wear them during the summer. Because yukata are less formal, people often experiment with colors, patterns, and accessories.

Despite their differences, both kimono and yukata have one important rule, which is that you must wear them with the left panel over the right. Wearing them the wrong way is considered extremely rude as right-over-left is how the dead are dressed in Japanese culture. To avoid this faux-pas, remember that you should be able to slip your right hand underneath the top panel of your garment, as though you were tucking something inside.


http://blog.fromjapan.co.jp/en/fashion/all-about-kimono-and-yukata-the-differences-how-to-wear-buy.html

Seems like the difference between a business suite (kimono) and business casual (yukata). (Not expressly for business, just as a comparison.)
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So basically the difference is how long it takes to peel that egg, pluck that bird, or skin that catfish.
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gornotck wrote:

So basically the difference is how long it takes to peel that egg, pluck that bird, or skin that catfish.



Let's not dirty the beautiful art of stripping into one's sexy, nude body with a crude comparison.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:


gornotck wrote:

So basically the difference is how long it takes to peel that egg, pluck that bird, or skin that catfish.



Let's not dirty the beautiful art of stripping into one's sexy, nude body with a crude comparison.


Okay, just how much wrapping is on the present, and how big they tied the bow.
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heh .... now you are sullying Christmas and gift giving ;). Or not as I don't see sex as evil .... glad we can get some humor too. I do find it interesting that even formal wear in Japan can be said to be sexy as it certainly hugs the body more than Western formal wear.
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