top of page
Beautiful Kimono & Hifu
  • A gorgeous, girl’s kimono and hifu (waistcoat), with bow kanzashi (hair decoration).
  • Synthetic fabric
  • The white ties are used to fasten it (see instruction below. They are usually then covered by an obi sash, though can be worn without the obi or have the ties removed easily and a sash used instead. A soft heko obi is ideal for a child’s kimono and just winds round the waist twice, then tied in a big bow at the back
  • Children’s traditional, Japanese clothing is always worn with tucks loosely stitched into the outside of the shoulders. These can easily be reduced to enlarge the garments when the child grows, though the Japanese do not remove the tucks at all. They are very loosely stitched, so easy to open out. If you prefer, the tucks can just be removed entirely
  • Made and bought in Japan
  • The kimono is fastened with the attached front ties. You thread the tie on the inner front edge out through the armhole and round to the back, then take the one on the outer front edge round to the back and tie them. An obi/sash is usually worn on top, such as a soft heko obi, though, with the ties, not essential
  • Kimono Fronts: Kimonos are worn with left front on top of right, by both males and females. The Japanese use the phrase phrase, ‘left over rice’, to remember this. They are only worn the other way round by corpses
  • The Japanese take great pains to store their traditional garments with the utmost care, which is why they stay in such exceptional condition. Some of my Japanese garments have large, white stitching (shitsuke) round the edges. The Japanese put these stitches in to keep the edges flat during long periods of storage, these stitches just get pulled out before wearing the garment


Sleeve end to sleeve end: 88cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam: 43cm
Sleeve depth 55cm
Length: 74cm
Length: 51.5cm

Japanese clothing is usually of adjustable fit, being mostly wrap-over or tie-to-fit items, so most garments fit a range of sizes. Because of this (and only really knowing my own size anyway) I can't really advise anyone on the fit. Please judge fit from the measurements given.Measure from centre back of neck, along shoulder and down the arm to the wrist, then double that and compare it with the sleeve end measurement to judge sleeve length. You can get a rough idea of the length and size, as most haori are roughly the same size, from the photos further down this page, below this haori’s photos, where you can see some modelled by a UK size 10 woman who is 155cm (5’ 1”) tall and about 125 cm from wrist to wrist.