The obi jime is a braided silk cord with tassels that is used to fasten the obi bow as well as playing a decorative role. It can be tied at front of at the back of the obi. If tied in the back, a clasp is often applied at the front side of the obi-jime. (the picture at the right). The obijime worn by geisha and maiko are similar to a large shoelace. They are flat and tied at the back, to be able to show a beautiful obi-jime clasp. It is often matching the kimono colors, sometimes darker and sometimes a completely other colour. It can be seen in the pictures below from www.yamatoku.jp/classic as the mint green cord tied in the middle of the obi. The cords are either braided or sewn, some are round and others are flat and usually have tassels at the bothe ends. The materials are silk, satin or gold brocade. The obi-jime of a bride is very characteristic by being very thick and padded.
The obi age is a thin silk sash that is tied between the upper edge of the obi and the kimono. On the picture below it is the red cloth above the obi. It usually matches the obi-jime, but this can differ.
Children occasionally have two obi-age; one tied at the upper edge of the obi, and one tied at the latter edge, ehich is tied between the back and side. Also this can be seen on brides, but here the latter obi-age is stiff. Geisha apprentices, maiko, also wear a stiff obi-age on the upper edge of the obi, red with white patterns, as here above.
The obi makura is a pillow-like pad with string that is used to tie the obi to make it puffy. (picture from Japanese Culture Club)
The obi ita is a stiff board covered in fabric with strings on each end. It used underneat the obi to keep it from getting wrinkled. It is a faily modern invention, and the newest has an elastic belt attached. (picture from Japanese Culture Club)
These are thin sashes that are used to tie the kimono and obi, and are not seen as they are hidden under folds and tucks. The koshihimo at the left I bought at www.ichiroya.com
The date-jime is a small belt to secure the nagajuban. It is usually a long piece of cloth wrapped around the body a few times, which also evens out the lumps and bumps on the body to make it more cylindrical. Nowadays a simple stiff date-jime with velcro is wide used, and very popular. The one on the left is from www.ichiroya.com, the one on the right is from Japanese Culture Club
This is a small piece of cloth to sew on the collar of the under-kimono. Of younger women it can be colored as the red han-eri on the left (from www.ichiroya.com ), and married women often wear a white collar. On the picture here under, you can se a maiko with a brocaded eri (from www.phototravels.net).
Tabi or also called tabi boots or tabi socks are a japanese sock that have a split in the sock for the large toe so that they may comfortably be worn with sandals. They are made of non-elastic fabric and are buttoned at the heel. They therefore have to fit perfectly
Zori sandals are any japanese sandal that has a flat bottom. Zori sandals include both the tatami sandals and vinyl zori sandals. The zori sandal is worn by both men and women and are made in a variety of colors and materials.
There is no difference between left and right sandal, and the zori of women are often ovally shaped. Men's zori sandals are more square, as seen on the left. A pair of laquered women's zori is at the right.
Both are from www.ichiroya.com
The geta sandal was termed geta because of the "clack clack" sound they made when walking. Geta sandals are any sandal with a separate heel. The wooden geta sandal is the most well known by Americans for the beautiful pictures seen of geisha women.
Wooden geta have a slightly tapered front heal, making the person lean forward with each step. Geta sandals are not easy for some people to walk on and takes practice to walk correctly.
Geta are made of one piece of solid wood forming the sole and two wooden blocks underneath. These block may have a metal plate on the section that touches the ground in order to lengthen the life span of the Geta. A V-shaped thong of cloth forms the upper part of the sandal.
The geta sandals shown on the right have a separate heel thus are called geta.
These geta are from www.ichiroya.com
Hadajuban is kimonounderwear and shaped so it will not show under the kimono. The purpose of the hadajuban is, that the smooth material will make the nagajuban easier to put on and wear. hadajuban often comes with a similar skirt, or the two pieces are put together as a whole.