Japan Word of the Day #136 – Jinbei

Jinbei yukata japan

Today’s Word is: Jinbei (甚平)

Jinbei (甚平) is Japanese summer wear traditionally worn by men and children. It consists of a kimono-like shirt and short pants. It’s a lot more relaxing than yukata (浴衣), and considered as casual outfit for informal occasions. In present days, the most likely place you’d see people dressed in it is at matsuri (summer festivals).

Jinbei Japan

Today, jinbei is also popular among women, and you start to see more and more of them designed and targeted for girls.

women's jinbei japan

Unlike yukata and kimono, it’s easy to move and loosely fitted, so many people use it as an indoor wear and as a pajama too. The material used for it is usually either cotton, hemp, or combination of both. It absorbs sweat and breathes air well, making it comfortable to wear even in hot weather.

If you want your own jinbei, you can browse the ones listed on YJ Auction via Rinkya.

Image sources: Rakuten, Nadesiko Peace, Jiggys Shop

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