{short description of image} Costume History of in Japan
The Yayoi Era  
2 - An Ancient Japanese Man wearing Yokohaba-no Nuno (wide coth)
The Costume Museum KyotoThe Costume Museum Kyoto
Enchi Geography Section in the last 28th Volume of the complete works of the earlier Han, compiled by Hanko of the Later Han, describes, "The people of a country called Wa live in Rakuro Sea. The country is divided into around one hundred states." Wa in the description is presumed to be ancient Nihon(Japan). Japan had been called Wa before Sui publications, she came to be called Nihon the Tang age (618-906). Gishi-wajinden (one of the legends of Sangokushi written by Chinju in China in the 3rd Century A.D.) says, "....... ...." Therefore, the costumes of ancienmt Japanese in this era are assumed to be older ones than those found in the descriptions of Kojiki (the Legendary Stories of Old Japan) and Nihonshoki (the Chronicles of Japan). The exact figures of the costumes in this era are not ascertained yet. However, in broad outline, the costumes probably looked like the one in the photos. The goodwill mission of Wa to China left their figures in "Shokukou Zukan"which was compiled in the Ryo age in the 6th Century. Though its original is not available, a copy reproduced in the 10th year of Kinei of the Sung dynasty (1077) shows the Japanese mission wearing wide clothes like stoles and tied them up on the belly. According to the copy, they did not put linen on their head, but they used linen to bind their hair and their costumes probably indicate what wide cloth looked like. The description, "The wide clothes are almost not sewed, probably means that they did not wear completed Chinese style clothes, but they wore clothes made by sewing up two pieces of clothes. this can explain the difference between "Almost not sewed" and "Not sewed."However, whether these costumes of mission are right ones or not cannot bejudged from the descriptions of Gishi-wajinden only.