The Costume Museum Kyoto Japan Costume History in Japan
The Kamakura Period
- The Azuchi -Momoyama Period -
 
95 - Noh play costume for the role of Buddhist monk: mizu-goromo robe and sunboshi cap
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1 sun-boshi
2 mizu-goromo
3 kitsuke (kosode)
4 koshiobi
5 sumi-e-no-ohgi
6 juzu
7 shiro-ohguchi
The "mizu-goromo" robe is one of the dresses used for Noh. The sleeve where The "mizu-goromo" robe is large is attached. And its body length is to a position of the knees and there is no patten on it. This is the special dress which appeared in in the Muromachi era. A Noh player wears a "mizu-goromo (=water clothes)" robe over a "kosode (=a cuff being narrow)" dress in the "kinagshi (=kimono without belt)" style. It is a popular style. The Noh player in the photo wears a "sunboshi" cap. He wears a "mizugoromo" robe over a "kosode" dress and a white "ohguchi-bakama." In this case, it is made into the form of appearance of a Buddhist priest in both cases. Although a "kesa" surplice may be worn in the case of appearance of a Buddhist priest, but in the other cases it may not be worn. This popular "mizu-goromo" robe was called "ami-e" by the people of Ji sect when walking every place to recite the name of Buddha. As a monk's robe, this is sublimated and is developed. In the same meaning, it came to be used also for Noh, which was set to a samurai's official ceremonial play from popular entertainments. The "mizu-goromo" robe in the form of a Buddhist priest with a "sun-boshi"cap, a" kosode"dress, a " ohguchi-bakama" is often worn by the supporting player.