What is Hadajuban?



Many undergarments and accessories are required to wear kimono. We would like to introduce you “hadajuban (Japanese undershirt)”, the first thing you put on when wearing kimono.


What is hadajuban?

Hadajuban” refers to the undershirt worn next to the skin before wearing kimono. It is also known as “asetori (soak up sweat)”. Hadajuban is worn after wearing the undergarments for kimono. (In old days, people did not wear undergarments and hadajuban acted as undergarments.)

We recommend that you choose the ones made from gauze or cotton, which have a pleasant texture and are hygroscopic.


There are two types of hadajuban; separate (top and bottom) type and one-piece type. Kimono fans tend to prefer separate “hadajuban/susoyoke (underskirt or half-slip)”, while one-piece type hadajuban is overwhelmingly popular among those who are kimono beginners.




Apparently, people who like separate type hadajuban feel that kimono is not tight enough unless they wear susoyoke…on the other hand, those who like one-piece type hadajuban prefer the way it is less tightening. Although separate type hadajuban is the mainstream at this moment, one-piece type hadajuban is becoming increasingly popular!



How to wear hadajuban! What is the kimono dressing procedure?

When wearing hadajuban and susoyoke, you must dress up carefully or hadajuban might show when wearing kimono 

You start from wearing tabi (Japanese socks), and susoyoke, then hadajuban. Wear susoyoke the same way you wear kimono, pulling the right side over your chest first (migimae), and make sure that it would be 2 to 3 centimeters shorter than nagajuban, the undergarment to be worn next. Tie the strings tightly so it would not come loose.



Next, wear hadajuban. Wear hadajuban with its neck-band low on the back (emon) as you do when wearing kimono as well. This is called emon nuki (wearing the clothes with the neck-band low on the back). It could be difficult than it seems…☹ If you wear your hadajuban tight around your neck, it shows from the back of the collar or the front when wearing kimono. So, please make sure you did emon nuki the right way!



As for the front of hadajuban, drape it lightly so it would not stick out under nagajuban.



Different hadajuban to wear according to the season or the occasion

Japan has four seasons, so there are undergarments made from different materials according to the season. You want to spend the summer in breezy materials, and the winter in warm ones, of course. There are breathable materials for summer, and heat-retaining materials for winter; it would come handy if you prepare them for when wearing kimono.

In winter, you can put on heat-retaining underwear under the undergarments. For example, we recommend wearing heat tech leggings under susoyoke



Substitute for hadajuban

It could cost a lot to prepare things for kimono, right? They sell inexpensive kimono these days, but surely many people think that they would want to wear nice things if they come this far. It could be better to buy expensive yet nice kimono and cut costs on other things, than to buy inexpensive kimono. To tell you the truth, hadajuban could be substituted by other things! Hadajuban is the undergarment to soak up sweat. If you have undergarments with the same ability, you can wear them under kimono. That is to say, you can wear a shirt instead of hadajuban, and long drawers made of cooling materials instead of susoyoke!




You can even wear a dress-type nightwear like this!




There are many things to substitute for hadajuban. However, keep in mind that hadajuban is not only for soaking up sweat and keeping kimono clean, but also keeps clothes from being rubbed and worn out, when choosing the substitute undergarments.


The undergarments with a higher neckline would not be suitable either. This is because it could show from the collar when wearing kimono. Choose those with the low neck-band.



We introduced some undergarments which could be substituted for hadajuban, but with many points to be careful about. After all, you might be thinking that it could be easier to buy hadajuban.


Hadajuban can be comparatively cheaper than other garments and accessories required when wearing kimono; it might be better if you buy hadajuban as well when purchasing kimono.