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Get Comfy in Hakama Pants

| Samurai , Shopping

We recently took a look at a line of jackets that updates the haori coats of Japan’s swordsmen. Now it’s time for hakama, the pants worn by samurai, to get a modern-day reimagining.

Japanese apparel company Koukichi has just revealed its new chinobakama, menswear that’s half chino pants, half hakama. Less billowy than the hakama commonly worn in Japan’s past, the chinobakama, which Koukichi is also billing as “ninja pants,” can blend easily with current fashions while still lending you an air of feudal-era stylishness.

The pants are available in navy, charcoal or beige. In lieu of a belt, each comes with an identically colored waist cord that you tie around yourself. Made from a durable, machine-washable 50-50 cotton/polyester blend, the chinobakama’s other modern amenities include pockets on both sides and a front zipper. All three colors are priced at ¥7,800 and can be ordered here directly from Koukichi, which says it plans to start offering international shipping in the near future.

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