Archive for April 29th, 2012

by / on April 29, 2012 at 9:22 PM / in Interesting Facts, Jūnihitoe Kimono

The Jūnihitoe Display at Kyoto’s Imperial Palace!

The jūnihitoe is an extremely elegant and highly complex kimono that was only worn by court-ladies in Japan. Literally translated, it means “twelve-layer robe”. The older term, still used by scholars but not widely recognized in mainstream Japan, is Karaginu Mo. This is in reference to its Chinese coat (Karaginu) and apron-like train (Mo), the defining parts of the costume. […]

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by / on April 29, 2012 at 8:45 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1901 Hirohito, Emperor of Japan.

Hirohito, posthumously in Japan officially called Emperor Shōwa or the Shōwa Emperor, (April 29, 1901 – January 7, 1989) was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order, reigning from December 25, 1926, until his death in 1989. Although better known outside of Japan by his personal name Hirohito, in Japan he is now referred to exclusively by […]

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