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Beauty in Summer Kimono

Beauty in Summer Kimono

Beauty in Summer Kimono by Kunichika Toyohara (1869)

The beauty in this print is shown wearing a light summer kimono. The summer months can be extremely hot in Japan so this young woman is trying to find the best way to cool herself. She is shown with an open fan, an auspicious symbol of opening to good fortune, and with pulled up sleeves and opened collar to be refreshed. 

Kunichika very cleverly uses a very intense red background to further emphasise the sense of intense heat that the woman is experiencing. Another marker for this is her expressions and the way she seems to even be sweating.

No. 18 Bijin in Yukata with Fan (1929)

Today people wear them to festivals in the summer. They are affordable, easy to clean and keeps the body cool. For these reasons, sumo wrestlers usually wear such kimonos in their daily lives.

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