KIMONO CAT PROFILE
Name: Tsubasa (翼)
Kimono type: Furisode and hakama (振り袖と袴)
Occasion: University graduation ceremony
Time of year/season: March/Spring
Name meaning: Tsubasa means ‘wings’ in Japanese and it symbolises the ‘wings’ she has gained from completing her education to fly off freely into the adult working world.
Her Story: After three years of university studies, Tsubasa is proud to graduate dressed in her furisode kimono and hakama. She’s unsure of what the future holds in her new full time job that she’s due to be starting soon, but for the moment she’s enjoying the graduation ceremony with friends and excited about their graduation trip around Europe!
KIMONO CAT EXPLANATION
Hakama (袴) – Tsubasa is wearing a hakama, which are wide pleated trousers worn over kimono for formal occasions. A lot of women wear the hakama for their university graduation, but they can also be seen at the Coming of Age Ceremony. The hakama can be worn by both women and men, and other occasions where hakama are worn include weddings, funerals, tea ceremonies, shrines and martial arts like kendo and aikido.
At university graduations, women typically wear their hakama with either black boots with a slight heel (like Tsubasa’s) or the more traditional zōri (草履) sandals. Men’s hakama are usually stripy in design while women’s hakama are one colour or dyed in different hues.
The book that Tsuabasa is proudly showing off is a booklet containing her university degree which she received on stage at the graduation ceremony. Traditional books in Japan still tend to open from right to left but the majority of modern books now have adopted the Western way of left to right.
The graduation ceremony sign reads: ‘Congratulations on your graduation.’
So, did you like meeting Tsubasa? Which Kimono Cat is your favourite so far?
Feline number four is already underway so keep your eyes peeled for updates!