So what does the groom wear?
Lots of stuff... But not as much as the bride!
The groom wears a few layers of Kimono
and sash. Starting from the first to the last...
& Socks - Geta
& Tabi - げた と
forget your feet! You will likely wear geta sandals
along with black tabi socks, which are split-toed socks. There are
a number of styles of both geta. See below for
Even the guys get to wear
some nifty underwear. The first layer is the hada juban. Hada means skin.
Hada juban is underwear (or undershirt) that is worn as the first under undergarment.
Hada juban is washable and prevents the Han juban / juban and Kimono from getting dirty.
Han juban is an undergarment (half-length) for men. It is worn under Kimono.
The full length juban is
usually a silk and a lot more 'pretty' than the other two
type of underwear. It is worn under Kimono.
The man's formal kimono
will generally be long black silk and have 5 mon on it. Mon
are the white circles, three on the back and two on the
front. It can show where you are from or what family you are
The koshi himo will hold
the kimono in place while you put on your pants! Koshi Himo
is the first belt to tie around the waist. You need 2 or 3
Koshi Himo for Juban and Kimono. They can be made of Hakata
Ori brocade or silk or cotton I am sure.
Just like big koulats for
guys. They come in divided and undivided so you can wear a
skirt if you don't feel like having the other guys mock your
koulats ;). They also come in a variety of colors! For the
more formal occasions the guys tone it down. There's a bunch
of straps on this thing and it's a lot of fun to tie.
For a man's kimono there is
the kaku obi, it is a harder and narrower and less dramatic
obi than the women folk wear but it serves the same purpose.
It is a finishing layer of belt to hold everything together.
The haori is worn over the
entire outfit as somewhat of a jacket. It is generally short
and worn hanging open with a cord across the front to hold
it in place. For formal occasions you will again see the mon
crests here, three on back, two on front.
The insides of the haori will usually
have a nifty design as seen here in this haori which is displayed inside
The haori himo is the cord
that joins the open front of the haori. They come in a
variety of colors and styles. Of course, again, for the more
formal occasions you're not going to want to show up with a
neon pink one. They can be tied in a few different ways.