Archives for the day Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Kimono Part II (Kimono for jobs)

 In previous entry titled “Kimono” I have explained what types of Kimonos you can find in Japan, what kinds of accessories you would expect to have when you wear Kimonos.

 Here,I like to write about jobs that often requires people to wear Kimono.

 What jobs do you think you would find people wearing Kimonos? Can you name some?

 Maybe from top of your head,you would probably imagine “Maiko”. Maiko is young women who dance to or play Shamisen at party. You can see Maiko’s typical Kimono here. What is Shamisen? Shamisen is Instrument that has 3 strings.Kind of like a guitar but much smaller. You can read about it and can see picture of Shamisen at wikipedia here. Shamisen is traditionally played very slow,very Japanese-like music but recently,it has changed by talented Shamisen sibling called “Yoshida Kyodai”. They play rock with traditional instrument “Shamisen”. You can watch them play bellow. If you are a blog subscriber or reading this from Face book,please click here to watch the video.

 Other than Maiko, you would find “Kannushi” wearing Kimono. Kannushi is priest,and they serve deities and recites prayers at Shrines. You can read about Kannnushi and can see their Kimono at wikipedia here.

 Next job will be Monk. They wear hoe Kimono with kesa over them.Kesa is garment for Monk. You can read history behind Kesa at textilesociety website here. Then,often times,they wear triangle shape hat. You can see picture of their kimono at Japanese wikipedia here.

 Other job will be Sumo wrestlers. Yes, they do Sumo Match just wearing Mawashi (silk belt), and they would not be wearing Kimono when competition but in their daily life,they wear Kimono. If you happened to be visiting Sumo wrestlers dorms in Tokyo,you may encounter Sumo wrestlers in Kimono.

 Another job that you find people wearing Kimono is “Nakai”. Nakai is woman who take care of you (carry/serve food) at Japanese restaurant or at Japanese Inn.

 Last job that you find people wearing Kimono will be Japanese comedians. Japanese comedians are called “Rakugo ka” and they sit on stage,tell humorous stories at many theaters. Let’s watch how different our comedians’ style are from American stand-up comedy style. Rakugo performer is Shijaku Katsura.

 There are 4 video clips bellow. If you are a blog subscriber or reading this from Face book,please click

here to watch the video clip #1,please click here to watch the video clip #2,please click here to watch the video clip #3,please click here to watch the video clip #4.

 Rakugo video clip#1

Rakugo video clip #2

Rakugo video clip #3

Rakugo video clip #4

 What do you think of Rakugo? Hope you enjoyed Rakugo. It seems current popular “Rakugo in English” performer is “Kaishi Katsura”. He has toured and performed at University,at Japanese festivals, at museum etc. You maybe can keep an eye on his blog for schedule. Click here to visit Kaishi Katsura’s blog.


 
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