6B 4/5 Kimono, Kabuki and so much more…

As you know, our topic for this term is Japan, so far you have learnt about the geography of both Asia and Japan; now it is time to learn about its culture.

Culture can be defined as “the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts.” With this in mind, today we will be focussing on the different arts practised traditionally in japan and the role clothing hold within traditional japanese culture.


In preperation for your next Japan blog, you will need to do some research around kimonos. These are traditional japanese and I would like you to delve into their origins and history. Write 3 facts that you have learnt about the kimono in the comments below. (The more you read now, the easier next ‘lesson’ will be.)

Task 1

 For this task, you will need to research your own traditional art forms. You have free range and can choose to research any of the following (traditional): Ikebena, tea ceremony, guiesha, Noh, kabuki, and bunraku. Assumingly, many of you will have no prior knowledge of these arts so I would like you to choose one and write a summary explaining what it is. For example:

The Japanese tea ceremony first began during the 9th century, when it is thought that a monk brought the tradition from China. To perfect the ritual tea serving a person train and practise for many years; it is said that the rictual “signifies no more than the making and serving of a cup of tea. The supremely important matter is that the act be performed in the most perfect, most polite, most graceful, most charming manner possible”. Throughout Japan there are many different schools of the tea ceremony, there are a multitude of ways that the ceremony can be performed but generally, the host will wear a kimono and the more formal the meeting is, and the more important the guest, the longer the ceremony lasts.

In your explanation I would like you to include:

  • How/when the tradition began
  • Why the tradition is considered to be important
  • The purpose of the tradition (why do they do it? for fun?)
  • Key facts about the tradition
  • GD – can you add a qoute about the tradition, preferably embedded into a sentence.

23 thoughts on “6B 4/5 Kimono, Kabuki and so much more…

  1. The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha.
    In Japanese, it is called cha-no-yu or sadō, chadō while the manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called temae.
    Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the Japanese tea ceremony. Much less commonly, Japanese tea practice uses leaf tea, primarily sencha, in which case it is known in Japanese as senchadō ea gatherings are classified as an informal tea gathering chakai (tea gathering) and a formal tea gathering chaji. chakai is a relatively simple course of hospitality that includes confections, thin tea, and perhaps a light meal. A chaji is a much more formal gathering, usually including a full-course kaiseki meal followed by confections, thick tea, and thin tea. A chaji can last up to four hours.
    Chadō is counted as one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement, along with kōdō for incense appreciation, and kadō for flower arrangement.

  2. The Kimono is a traditional clothing wore in Japan (as well as the National dress of Japan)It is shaped as the letter T and is a wrapped-front garment ,worn left over right.Alongside the dress people usually wear a obi belt and other accessories (such as zōri shoes and tabi socks)

    Task1-Art form Noh
    Noh first began in the 14th century.The famous art form developed from ancient forms of dance drama and from other various types of festival drama at shrines and temples that had emerged by the 12th or 13th century. Noh became a distinctive form in the 14th century and was continually refined up to the years of the Tokugawa period (1603–1867)

    Noh is the telling of tales which contain a supernatural being transformed into human form therefore it is possibly important for teaching traditional stories.The tradition is mainly done for fun yet it is possible (as I said before)it was used to teach traditional stories.

    It was performed in shrines and temples . It integrates the use of masks and costume props.You do not speak as an actor.

  3. Starter
    The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment, and the national dress of Japan. It is a T-shaped, wrapped-front garment and is worn left over right. It is usually worn with an obi belt, alongside a number of other accessories, such as zōri shoes and tabi socks.The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment, and the national dress of Japan. The actual purpose people Kimonos was because they were easy to wear. All womens’ Kimonos are the same size but are folded to make the right size for them.

    Task 1
    The tradition dates back to the 7th century when floral offerings were made at altars.Ikebana is the art of beautifully arranging cut stems, leaves, and flowers in vases and other containers that evolved in Japan over seven centuries. The point of Ikebana is to arrange the stems and flowers exactly as one wishes.After the fall of the Roman Empire in the 6th century, while the Christian Church sustained Western civilization, Buddhism spread from India through China and Korea and into Japan. This new religion complemented Shintoism and was harmoniously embedded into the culture. Both believed that the relationship between humans and nature should agree so as to express spiritual life. For almost a thousand years, flower arranging was mostly associated with religion, expressed through the practice of offering floral arrangements called kuge to Buddha.The time taken to create compositions of this type of Japanese art are often used as a period of reflection during which time seems to stand still. This spiritual aspect is the most important element of ikebana. The purpose of making ikebana floral arrangements is not to create decorations. Rather, the purpose is to learn to appreciate certain things that people normally ignore.Ikebana aims to bring out the inner qualities of flowers and other live materials and express emotion.

    More than 20 years ago, Elaina Hatsis, of Kittery, Maine, witnessed her first Ikebana demonstration, “I find it really meditative,” Hatsis said of the floral art form. “It’s a great creative outlet that connects you to nature. I’ve also learned a lot about Japanese culture, which I find fascinating.”

    • Super research as always Hadisa. Have you found anything else out about the other options? Are you enjoying the topic Japan? What can you tell me about a Geisha?

  4. Starter
    1)Kimonos are a traditional piece of clothing worn for special occasions including tea ceremonies, weddings and funerals.

    2)Clothing similar to the modern-day kimono started being worn during the Japanese Heian Period (794-1185).

    3)It was often worn with the Chinese-influenced hakama (a type of long skirt with or without a division to separate the legs, similar to trousers), or a type of apron known as mo.

    Task 1
    Tea ceremonies
    The Japanese tea ceremonies are called Chanoyu, Sado or simply Ocha in Japanese.It is a choreographed ritual of preparing and serving the Japanese green tea,Matcha. The matcha green tea consists of leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and many other chemicals which help decrease stress.During this, the matcha is paired with traditional Japanese sweets to balance out the bitterness of the tea.The ritual preparation of tea is very simple, simplicity is one of the basics for preparing a bowl of green tea for the guests. However, each step of the preparation has fixed movements, and utensils have to be placed at pre-decided locations on the Tatami mat. It is drinking tea and serving tea with a lot of spiritual depth and a deep silence.There are different tea ceremonies due to the different seasons and times of day.

  5. Starter task:
    The kimonos are a type of clothing.women usually women have coloured designs such as butterflies 🦋 roses etc. People wear a belt. Allied a obi with there Kimino, a obi is also colourful.

  6. A kimono is a robe shaped like a “T”. Normal kimono reach to the ankles, and have long sleeves. The sleeves of some kimono for women also reach to the ankles, but most kimono sleeves reach to the hips.It is usually worn with an obi belt, alongside a variety of other accessories.Japanese kimonos came into being during the Heian period (794-1192). many foreigners wear this traditional dressing because the kimono is representative of Japan’s culture and heritage, and it would seem a little disrespectful for the newcomer not to wear Japanese traditional clothing.The actual purpose people wear kimonos ,is that they were easy to fold. They were also suitable for all weather: They could be worn in layers to provide warmth in winter, and kimonos made of breathable fabric such as linen were comfortable in summer. They are traditional Japanese style clothes. “Kimono” meant “something you wear” originally. Long ago, people in Japan wore kimonos every day. Now, people only wear a kimono for special occasions such as formal ceremonies and important meetings.Women’s kimonos are all the same size. They fold them and tuck them to make them the right size. People who are very tall or heavy have to have kimonos made for them. There are different types of formal and casual kimono. these are usually made of silk, but there are cotton and polyester kimonos as well. Kimonos are very expensive. One woman’s kimono can cost more than £8051 The obi (belts) are very expensive too. They can cost thousands of pounds. Some people make their own kimono, or buy them second hand if they cant afford them.people who play some sports like Kendo also wear kimono. They are tough, thick and short, not like typical women’s dress. They are usually called do-gi.

  7. Starter task:

    Kimonos are a type of clothing. A kimono is a robe shaped like a “T” also women usually have a colourful design of flowers, butterflies, etc. People wear a wide belt called an obi with their kimono. Obi is also colourful. Women’s kimonos are all the same size. They fold them and tuck them to make them the right size. They were also suitable for all weather. They could be worn in layers to provide warmth in winter, and Kimons is a breathable fabric such as linen were comfortable in the summer.

    Task 1: Tea ceremony.

    The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. In Japan, tea is more than just a hot drink. It is a very important ritual that has a lot of meaning within the culture. It is a ceremonial way of preparing and drinking green tea typically in a traditional tearoom with tatami floor. Beyond just serving and receiving tea, one of the main purposes of the tea ceremony is for the guest to enjoy. The Tea ceremony symbolized tranquillity, respect and harmony and a lot of preparation goes into this important event.

  8. Task1
    Kabuki derived from the Japanese verb Kabuki, which means to slant or tilt is a traditional and melodramatic form of dance and the theatre dating back to the Edo period spanning the 17th and 18th century.
    Tea ceremony
    The Japanese Tea ceremony (Chonoyu or Chado) is a cultural tradition involving very particular places, procedures and equipment for drinking green tea.

  9. 1]kimono is a robe that shaped like a ‘t’
    2] kimono cans cost more than 10000 pounds
    3]people who play sports like kendo also wear kimono

  10. Japanese Kimono
    By the Kamakura period (1185-1333) the kimono had become on an everyday clothing choice.
    It is thought that this is when the traditional Japanese colour combinations were born.
    These colours are usually based on seasons ,gender or sometimes political.

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