All about Jinbei clothing (or Jimbei, Jimbe, or Jinbe if you prefer)

Get your Jinbei on


I love my Jinbei. I’ve owned a lot of them over the years. In summer you can’t get me out of the thing. They are just so light and airy, with their open hatched seems and light cotton/hemp fabric.

For this page, I’ve gone through and looked a lot of the Japanese language pages about Jinbei, to gather information from the source. I’ll go through a bit of a background of the garment and then show you some of my favorites.

I’ve also written about other forms of Japanese clothing including kimono shirts, male kimonos, samuehanten jackets, Japanese minimalist fashion that may be of interest.

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A traditional Jinbei design

There is a long history of women wearing Kimonos as Japanese nightwear stretching back to the Japonism movement in Europe. Here’s a Klimt painting of a European woman in a kimono.

Klimpt painting of woman in Kimono

Jinbei are light cotton or hemp material top and bottom pairs that are made to be airy by including hatched gaps along the stitching. The great thing about Jinbei is that they pass both as pajamas and as casual wear that can be worn outside the house. In Japan, you sometimes see people wearing these at festivals, or around hot springs. A common pattern goes: relax in hot-bath, put Jinbei on for the evening, then wear them straight to bed.These garments are designed to be super cool for hot summer nights, loose fitting and comfy.

Another option to consider if you don’t want to go the whole top & bottom set is to get a Haori style kimono shirt or wrap around.

Are Jenbei worn by both men and women?

Cotton vs. Hemp

Traditionally Jinbei have tended to be worn mostly by men and children. Recently there are a lot of designs that have been made for women also, but the more robe-like Yukata (of which Jinbei are considered to be a sub genre of) are more common. 

Many of the Jinbei are “unisex”. Indeed the only real difference between these Jinbei is the coloring and visual patterns.

Jinbei materials are roughly divided into cotton and hemp (linen), either of which may be 100% or mixed. The more cotton you have, the better it feels and the easier it is to clean.  Hemp tends to wrinkle more than cotton, but will give you a breezier feel.

Some jinbei also use Japanese paper, “washi”, as a mixing material – especially in some of the more high end examples.

Types of Jinbei Fabric

A couple of fabrics you will see in Jinbei are Shijira and Waffle. Both are relatively crepe-like fabric that are not so much soft, as light on the skin and less likely to stick to the body. 


Shijira features fine wrinkles created on the surface of a woven fabric by shrinking  the vertical and  horizontal thread. 


Waffle is a kind of 3-dimensional fabric, also called “Honeycomb” which uses raised rectangular threads. The nature of the fabric creates less friction with the skin, further increasing the breezy nature of the garment.
Jinbei Shijira Fabric

When to wear Jinbei?

  • In hot weather
  • In bed as pajamas
  • Going out to a festival
  • Before and after a bath

What to wear with Jinbei?

Generally people wear open footwear with Jinbei in the form of Geta. Sandals will do the job just as well.

File:Geta.JPG - Wikimedia Commons

Jinbei vs. robe style Yukata

Jinbei are a bit closer to Western style clothing than a full blown robe-style Yukata. So they are a little bit less of an overt “statement”. They are also easier to slip on and off because you don’t have to worry about tying up your obi belt.

People often accessorize with tradional, such as a kinchakubukuro bag.

File:Kinchaku Sack.jpg - Wikipedia

Now you’ve got all the info you need to embark on your quest for the perfect Jimbei. We’ve searched across the internet to find a selection across a range of outlets:

Recommended women's Jinbei

#1 Seigaha Jinbei

Women's Jinbei

Seigaha Ocean Wave Pattern Women’s Jinbei on Foxtume


  • Our top pick for women
  • Quality materials and craftsmanship
  • Distinctive Seigaha Pattern, at once classic and modern
  • Soft, breathable cotton
  • Aerated seams


  • Seigaha pattern is one of the most traditional Japanese patterns around – so not a “statement” piece.

Update: Use Discount Code “japanoscope” for  15% discount from Foxtume

#2 Muted Tone Jinbei



  • Classic, festive flower design
  • 100% Cotton
  • Comfortable fabric, elastic waist and relaxed fit
  • 2 pockets on the both sides of the pants, a pocket on the left side of the top.


  • No aerated seams
  • May be too retro for some

#3 Black Fox Jinbei



  • Highly unique “statement” Jinbei
  • Features fox image on top. Foxes are frequently associated with shinto rituals in Japan.
  • Highly aerated seems – great air flow
  • Hard to find black Jimbei


  • May be more appropriate for festivals and special occasions than everyday wear.

#4 Kawaii Cotton Print Jinbei



  • Economical option
  • Range of Cute Designs
  • Relatively long pants
  • Front Pocket


  • No aerated seams
  • materials not as durable as some

#5 Traditional Light Floral Jinbei



  • Bright, floral design
  • Traditional design
  • Front Pocket


  • No aerated seams

#6 Kamon Patterned Jinbei



  • Modern take on traditional “kamon” design
  • Unisex design
  • Various patterns & sizes available


  • No pockets

#7 Kawaii Pink Jinbei

Women’s Pink floral Surugajino Samue on Amazon


  • Kawaii design
  • 100% cotton
  • Pocket


  • No aerated seams

#8 Kawaii Red & White Jinbei

Women’s floral Jinbei Surugajino Samueya on Amazon


  • Kawaii design
  • 100% cotton
  • Pocket


  • No aerated seams

#9 Pink Floral Jinbei

Tokyoin Pink Breathable Matte Cotton on Amazon


  • Kawaii design
  • 100% cotton
  • Drawstring Elastic Waste
  • Pocket


  • No aerated seams

#10 Muted Jinbei


  • Subtle, no pattern design
  • Economic option


  • No aerated seams
  • No pockets

#11 Simple Striped Jinbei


  • Simple striped design
  • 100% cotton
  • Aerated seams


  • No pockets

Recommended Men's Jinbei

#1 Foxtume Seigaha Jinbei

High quality cotton, all purpose Jinbei appropriate for outside use, bath wear or sleep wear.


  • High quality materials and construction
  • Classic traditional Japanese pattern
  • Fully aerated seams
  • drawstring
  • elastic waste


  • Patterning may be too “Loud” for some

Use Discount Code “japanoscope” for  15% discount from Foxtume

#2 Newchic Koi Fish Jinbei

A light Jinbei appropriate for outside use, bath wear or sleep wear.


  • Distinctive, reasonably priced jinbei
  • Brown koi pattern is unusual
  • very light material
  • synthetic material easy to wash


  • No aerated seems
  • Non-natural materials don’t feel as nice
  • No pocket

#3 Foxtume Dragon Jinbei

High quality, striking Dragon themed blue cotton Jinbei.


  • Striking design
  • Quality materials
  • Aerated seams
  • drawstring


  • Dragon theme too overtly masculine for some
  • Update: Use Discount Code “japanoscope” for  15% discount from Foxtume

#4 Ikisugata Jinbei With Washi Paper

Cotton & Japanese paper made Jinbei from Ikisugata on Amazon

Quality traditional item with incorporating Japanese washi paper in materials.


  • High-end, muted-tone Jinbei with 55% cotton and 45% Japanese Washi paper material!
  • Aerated seams
  • Pocket
  • Made In Japan
  • Cons
  • Relatively expensive

#5 Dark Watanosato Jinbei

Dark Cotton Watanosato Jinbei on Amazaon


  • Cotton
  • Double stitched
  • pockets on front, pant side and back
  • Made in japan
  • Rich color

#6 Edoten Seersucker Jinbei

A really stylish and refined Jinbei for people that want the “real deal”


  • Several minimal color designs
  • Outstanding aeration in seems
  • Course-in-a-good-way “Jijiri Ori” Seersucker material
  • Natural materials


  • Not the cheapest option

#7 Dark Minimal Jinbei

Trad-style Jinbei on AliExpress
  • Cost effective
  • 100% cotton
  • Aerated seems

#8 Calligraphy Jinbei

Calligraphy Jinbei on Aliexpress
  • Calligraphy meaning : 本気でやれば、何でもできる “Do your all and anything is possible”
  • Aerated seems
  • Reasonable Price
  • Pocket

#9 Black Ikisugata Jinbei

Ikisugata Jinbei Rich Black on Amazon

  • High end item
  • Cotton:55%, Japanese paper:45%
  • Made in Japan
  • Rich shijira black

#10Traditional Striped Jinbei

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Traditional Striped Jinbei on Etsy
  • Cotton
  • 2 piece
  • pocket
  • handmade

Recommended children's Jinbei

Hot Biscuits Boats & Bears boys Jinbei on Amazon

Hot Biscuits butterflies and bunnies Jinbei on Amazon

Striking Design Children’s Jinbei

Japanese Kimono Jinbei Children/Imperial Kamon CREST/Japanese image 0
Imperial crest pattern Jinbei on Etsy

Overall, for women the Seigaha Ocean Wave Pattern Women’s Jinbei on Foxtume and for men the Foxtume Seigaha came out as our clear favorite.

If you’re looking for something a bit warmer, take a look at our Hanten page.

 We’ve also got a page on male kimonos here.

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Hi, I’m Peter.  I lived in Japan for four years as a University student completing a Masters Degree in Musicology.  I have succesfully completed the  highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N1).  have toured the country six times playing music and singing songs in Japanese and English.