According to the Urban Dictionary, to “wax poetic” means to become increasingly verbose and romantic in speech, or to become more and more like a poem. While these might not seem like the qualities conferred upon one by simply wearing a kimono; not all kimonos are decorated with this inspired Haiku design. If you’re looking for some poetic inspiration, why not try this Navy Haiku Kimono?
The Japanese art of Haiku is the most important form of traditional poetry in Japan, and like most Asian traditions it has a long and storied history. Haiku was originally perfected by the efforts of Masaoka Shiki in the 1890’s as a form of poetry that was to be written in such a way that it could stand alone as an independent poem, rather than being part of a longer chain of verses. The writer of haikus can describe almost anything he or she likes, but haikus are to be written with the goal of giving the reader a whole new experience of an everyday situation. Haiku poems are written in a pattern of 5, 7 and 5 syllables, and each haiku traditionally includes a seasonal word, or “kigo”. While many “rules” exist about writing Japanese haikus, there is no consensus about how to write them in languages other than Japanese.
When one looks at this alluring navy blue kimono, the vertical nature of Haiku writing is evident and arouses curiosity. Even if you cannot read Japanese, the striking white calligraphy of the Haiku pattern against a navy blue background may inspire you to “wax poetic” and get into a creative mood. This lightweight Navy Haiku Kimono is made with 100% cotton and has a matching belt, which makes it more of a Yukata robe for spring and summer. It makes a unique fashion statement when worn at the beach or by the pool, but it can also be worn when just relaxing at home. View the Navy Haiku Kimono in at www.chopa.com.