sokutai

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sokutai

Japanese emperor's court dress, worn for coronations and other important ceremonies. The costume, which has many Chinese characteristics, has changed little since the 12th century. It consists of baggy white damask trousers (ue-no-hakama) and a voluminous yellow outer robe (ho) cut in the Chinese style but tucked in at the waist and patterned with the Chinese phoenix (hoo).

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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