Why is Kobe known for wearing Hakama?

The trend of young girls wearing Hakama being called ‘Haikarasan’ began right about the time the northern part of Kobe, Kitano became home to foreign nationals, and many westernised residences were established.

The Hakama suits the architecture that was prominent in Kobe during the period in history, and is a great way to literally step back in time and enjoy walking around Kobe today.

The traditional Japanese attire known as Hakama is often considered as attire for graduation ceremonies. Originally it entered common use when female students wore it as a uniform, inspired by the Hakama worn at the Imperial Court. As the legs are able to move freely, it is perfect for walking around in. I hope that this website can entice you to delve the charms of the old and the new, and Japanese and western styles interwoven in Kobe by wearing Hakama on your visit.


Wearing Haikarasan’s Hakama

Both boot and pumps are suitable footwear when wearing Hakama. This means that you can wear your own comfortable shoes of choice while wandering around Kobe getting a taste for what it was like back in the Taisho period.

You can also pop into nostalgic cafes and talk and laugh as you enjoy your time freely. Take photos, relax and read a book, to create something like a scene from a movie.


  • Why is Kobe known for wearing Hakama?

    The trend of young girls wearing Hakama being called ‘Haikarasan’ began right about the time the northern part of Kobe, Kitano became home to foreign nationals, and many westernised residences were established.

    The Hakama suits the architecture that was prominent in Kobe during the period in history, and is a great way to literally step back in time and enjoy walking around Kobe today.

    The traditional Japanese attire known as Hakama is often considered as attire for graduation ceremonies. Originally it entered common use when female students wore it as a uniform, inspired by the Hakama worn at the Imperial Court. As the legs are able to move freely, it is perfect for walking around in. I hope that this website can entice you to delve the charms of the old and the new, and Japanese and western styles interwoven in Kobe by wearing Hakama on your visit.

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  • Wearing Haikarasan’s Hakama

    Both boot and pumps are suitable footwear when wearing Hakama. This means that you can wear your own comfortable shoes of choice while wandering around Kobe getting a taste for what it was like back in the Taisho period.

    You can also pop into nostalgic cafes and talk and laugh as you enjoy your time freely. Take photos, relax and read a book, to create something like a scene from a movie.

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Yumiko entered the world of Japanese clothing in 1998. She was enchanted by kimono, and came to Kobe to learn about kimono, down to the last nook and cranny. She began working in a prestigious department store, and learned the joy of working directly with customers.
He journey into the world of kimono deepened even further as she took on the responsibility of supplies, outfit coordination, and learned about the use of accessories. Her passion to bring joy to her customers led her to study hair and make-up application, and she received her beautician licence in 2013.
Since then, she has taken parts in events and fashion shows, such as those featuring brides in Japanese attire, she also involved in making kimono more accessible for differently abled persons, and continues to widen her field of activity as she enjoys all aspects of kimono.

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It’s been 18 years since I was first enchanted by the world of kimono. I have seen so many people filled with joy thanks to kimono, and have had many experiences over the years.
I want to use those experiences and kimono to fill Kobe, this wonderful city that has adopted me, with lots of good energy!
And that is why I created ‘Haikara-san Kobe’.
Exploring Kobe while wearing Hakama has such a nostalgic feel to it, and suits Kobe perfectly. We’re here to help you enjoy Kobe as a new you!

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