"soken" (=plain silk robe) was designed in the Heian Era as
vestment worn when visiting to the Imperial Palace for the religious
service of state. The
robe, which must be pure clothes, eliminates "e-jiki (=impure
color) in accordance with the Buddhistic original idea.
is similar to that of Emperor's "sai-e (=costume for Shintoism
one difference is the style around the neck; the "soken" is "tari-kubi"
(=square neck) "sai-e" is "maru-kubi (=round neck). "
The features of this style are raw silk, non-pattern, and "hitoe
with mo" (=detached skirt); "shitagasane" (=undergarment)
is worn. The
length of "soken" is a little longer than a body length and
the priest wears "sashinuki" (=divided skirt) like court
priest in the photograph wears "gojo-gesa (=five-paneled Buddhist
has a "hi-ogi (=fan)" in his hand ["Chukei (=fan)
replaced it after the Muromachi Era (1338-1573) and a "nenju
(=rosary)" wearing "shitozu (=tabi socks)."
next time, "han-soken (=semi-raw silk robe)" in the same style
and size of the original "soken" was designed.
(=plain silk robe) is called "cho soken" (=long soken), and
there is "ate-iro "(=rank-indicating colors)" or sumi-iro"
(=Japan ink black colors) as a color of it.