(=robe) is the sacerdotal vestment of white "mumon hitoe"
(=hitoe without patterns) originated in the Heian Era.
which was similar to "raifuku" (=ceremonial costume)
determined by the Dress Code Act, varied in colors that indicated each
court rank. When
the Buddhism, which descended from China, united with old customs of
Japan and formed Japanese Buddhism, its style was designed as a suitable
wear for the Shintoism events. For
the most formal ceremony, a certain priest wears "ue no hakama"
and "shichijo-gesa." Originally
the "sashinuki" and the "gojo-gesa" (five-paneled
Buddhist surplice) were worn as a costume one step lighter than "ho-mo"
(=ceremonial robe). In
the next time, "ho-mo" in colors other than white were worn.
of they had no patterns. The
"donjiki no ho" (=ho of donjiki) was set to have a "zoko-eri
(=collar of comissioner priest). The
"mo" (=long detached skirt) is in the same color, and the "sekitai"
(=literally stone belt) is usually in the same color as the "ho"
(=upper garment). This
style of "gojo-gesa" was also designed in the Heian Era and in
those days, the costume was referred to as "ko gojo-gesa"
(=small gojo-gesa). Nowadays,
the "ko gojo-gesa" of Jodo Shin sect (=the Pure Land sect) of
Buddhism has width narrower than the original size of it.