Japanese Costume Glossary

As Japanese clothing is quite varied, especially when the whole history is taken into account - which has been well documented for a millenium - the glossary must needs be incomplete. Some garments even have changed the context in which they were worn. We are looking at the more modern contexts here.

All Japanese clothing items are basically unisex, the gender (and age) difference being expressed in fabric patterns and -colours, length and the shape of the sleeves.