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how men can wear a kimono

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You will find below the different ways of tying an obi for men.
Luckily this is a kimono page for men, women have created about 100 versions !

Please mail me (about me) if you find new or better instructions ^_^

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Tanzen Obi
Haori himo
Haori himo

Kaku-Obi / 角帯

Kai no Kuchi

Kai-no-kuchi musubi

"clam's mouth"

Perhaps the most common musubi for men, suitable for any outfit from yukata to kuromontsuki ensemble. Resembles a flat knot. Also worn by elderly women as a casual musubi.

Ichi monji


"one (written) character"

Probably the best musubi to use when you are wearing a hakama. This is also the standard knot to use for boys at 7-5-3 festival (due to wearing a hakama).

karuta musubi

Taira Musubi

"flat knot"

Drive a car, travel, beauty salon, housework not collapse even if the hanging chair, etc., is popular! Because there is no thickness, even tighten the bottom of the hakama, it is good ....

kata basami



Specifically designed for wearing a katana, hence the name. Some say when practicing kyudo this knot stays the best in place. My personal favorite due to the ease of creating and you don't end up with a hump in the back.

Kanda musubi

Kanda Musubi


Quite a lot of people are fond of this knot due that it is difficult to unravel and so was often used by Edo craftsmen. To keep the shape use this with a firm obi belt. Currently, it is used at festivals where you don't want a loose obi.

Karuta musubi

karuta musubi

"Japanese card game"

Komosou musubi

komusou musubi


"The Mendicant Zen Priest knot"

Hakama shita musubi

hakama-shita musubi

Specifically designed to be worn under the hakama. It's a bit complicated and gives you a hump in the back but keeps the hakama in place.

Ronin musubi

ronin musubi


Ronin (masterless samurai) musubi falls in the same "family" as the Kata-basami and Kai no Kuchi musubi. This knot is a little bit dificult to make but a very nice variation.
Sometimes confused with Kata-basami.

Otoko Ginza musubi

Various kakuobi musubi


Kaku obi knots for men found on the web with little information on how they are created. Probably one time inventions of kimono wearers which makes it refreshing.

  • Otoko Ginza musubi
  • Katawana Musubi
  • Kichiya musubi / 角帯で「吉弥結び」
  • Morowana musubi (kaku version) / 男の帯の結び方 ~片わな結
  • "Otaiko" (Kodaiko) / 「小太鼓」結び

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Heko-Obi / 兵児帯

Morowana musubi (heko version)
Chou musubi

"Butterfly knot"

The most basic and well known obi knot, an "effortless knot" (手っ取り早く結び). It is the knot that has been widely known from children to adults. Tie by mainly using the waistband, but the atmosphere of the finish will change depending on the material and the length of the band.
The most comfortable and suitable knot for an heko-obi.

Maki hasami musubi

"winding between"

Famously used by bosses, such as in the gangster movies, since only hold the both ends are wrapped around the waist, it is not a knot about the dare described, such as the total stop of the waistband has this wound scissors suitable. The ends can be tucked in or left out.

Sarashi Kaze

Sarashi Kaze
"Wind style"

A method which results in a wide wrap which looks quite nice.


Creative people
"(In my case)"

Kimono users who have created (and published) good looking variations of heko-obi knots.

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Hakama / 袴

Hakama knot - kanji for 'ten'


A knot like the kanji for 10

Hakama knot - kanji for 'one'


A knot like the kanji for 1

Hakama knot -


End knot

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Tanzen obi / 丹前帯

Tanzen obi, loose knot A loose version of the butterfly knot ?

No instructions found yet but maybe you get inspired to try it yourself.
Tanzen himo hmmm

No instructions found yet but maybe you get inspired to try it yourself.

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Haori Himo / 羽織紐

Haori himo 丸組み

Round cord with pompom

Haori himo 丸組み

Round cord with pompom

Haori himo 平打ち

Flat cord without pompom

Haori himo 羽織紐

Various other cords

Different types of knots:
簡易結び(一重結び)kan'i musubi Simple knot (single knot)
端正結びtansei musubi Neat knot
二重結び(丸二重結び)nijuu musubiDouble knot (round double knot)