Traditional Costumes for Children’s Day

Children’s Day, or Komodo No Hi, is one of Japan’s most cherished holidays. Throughout the entire month of May, boys and girls, accompanied by their families, adorn their homes with carp streamers and dolls representing Japanese heroes. These symbols embody success, prosperity, strength, and courage, particularly for Japanese boys. Sweet rice cakes, bite-size crackers, and special sake are enjoyed by families during the festivities.

While Children’s Day has historically focused on Japanese boys after World War II, girls’ empowerment is now also celebrated with equal importance. Both boys and girls don traditional outfits to mark this momentous occasion of Komodo No Hi. In addition to rejoicing in this day, girls actively participate in the Doll Festival. They often wear traditional kimonos, the customary attire of Japan primarily reserved for formal events and festivals. On this holiday, girls visit each other to host doll tea parties and admire their spring decorations, often adorned with peach and cherry blossoms.

For Children’s Day, many children choose to wear a yukata, a lightweight cotton robe commonly worn by Japanese people during spring and summer events. It is a casual garment with a design based on the kimono. Boys’ yukatas generally feature darker or more subdued colors, while girls’ yukatas are typically bright, colorful, and adorned with floral patterns.

Hakamas are another popular choice for young boys. These traditional loose trousers were originally worn by men and date back hundreds of years. They are often paired with a haori or happi coat as an upper layer.

While some tourist destinations offer yukatas, hakamas, and kimonos for rent, why rent when your child can have their own traditional Japanese costume? At Japanese Style, we offer a selection of all three options for you to choose from for your child’s next event! Our costumes and children’s clothing are authentic, historical, and crafted from high-quality materials. Celebrate Children’s Day with traditional Japanese costumes and outfits for both girls and boys!

If you have any questions about Children’s Day or our selection of children’s clothing, feel free to send us an email!

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