The Costume Museum Kyoto Japan Costume History in Japan
The Heian Period  
70 - Young boy of the upper class in everyday wear, suikan
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1 koromo wo kazuku
2 suikan
3 suikan no kubikami no o
4 suikan no kikutoji
5 suikan kenukigata no sodegukuri no o
6 kuguri-bakama
7 kawahoro ogi
8 tachi
Setting the yamahoshi, a monk warrier wearing a "kato" hood on his head (on page 69), Ushiwakamaru who fights back to him on Gojo-ohashi Bridge was reproduced here. [Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-89) was called Ushiwakamaru in his childhood. Minamoto no Yoshitsune is a younger bother of Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147-99), the founder of the Kamakura Shogunate (1192-1333). Musashibo Benkei (?-1189) is a legendary monk soldier who became a loyal retainer of Yoshitsune.] The hairstyle is "sagegami," straightly-lowered hair. He puts "suikan" into "kukuri-bakama" of "sugo." Moreover, he wears a "kinu" (="ho" =upper garment), and hides his head. Furthermore, he has "kawahori-ogi" (=paper fan) with five ribs in his hand, carries a long sword at the waist and is jumping on a "giboshi" cap attached to the railing of the bridge. Although the"suikan" was originally the everyday wear of lower class warriors, it became the dress of upper class children around those days. Although the"suikan" is the same type as "kariginu", a string is attached to "kubikami" (=around-the-neck-part of "suikan"), and it makes the "suikan" join together, and is put into "kukuri-bakama." The seams of front "okumi", the seams of body and sleeves on the back, and the seams of " oku-sode", and the seams of" hire-sode (=fin sleeve)", some pieces of silk "kikutoji" are attached. Its "sode-kuguri (=opening end of sleeve)" was made like the form of nippers.