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"Dragon Treasures" Miyamairi Kimono
miyamairi vintage japanese young boy's ceremonial kimono

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This is a vintage Japanese boy's formal kimono, called a miyamairi. This style of kimono makes a beautiful display and though they are wearable, they are not play clothes and are not likely to survive the play life of an active child! See below for more about how these are worn.

Miyamairi typically have dark bands at the top and hem with a wide, light-colored band across the middle which holds an elaborate design. This miyamairi is more colorful and with a larger, more contemporary scene than what we normally see. The scene includes a young boy and a ship full of treasures, surrounded by many auspicious symbols and lots of hexagons. It could be a reference to the Urashima Taro story - a very popular Japanese myth.

The original tag is still in place and the white circles are awaiting the family crests of the wearer - both features suggesting that this was never worn. T
he hand-embroidered symbols on the front ties are delicately beautiful.

Miyamairi have two main purposes. First, it is a ceremonial garment draped over an infant boy for his first visit to the shrine with his parents and grandparents to thank the gods for safe delivery of the child and pray for blessings. The kimono is wrapped around the baby and the long silk bands are tied behind the mom or grandmother who holds the baby during the ceremony.

Secondly, miyamairi are worn for the Shichi-Go-San festival, when the boy is five years old and goes again to the shrine to pray for his and his family's good fortune. (See video below on the Shichi-Go-San Festival day for one young family in Japan.).
Material: Silk
Length: 38"
Width: 36" Wrist to Wrist
Condition: Excellent Vintage
Shichi-Go-San Festival

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