When I was served dinner at a ryokan, It was by a beautiful woman in a kimono. For breakfast the next day the wait staff wore samue.
Samu means everyday labor and -e means clothes. Buddhist monks have worn the samue for centuries.
The samue wore by the wait staff were in pretty colors. I bought these navy blue ones to wear like scrubs. They are very comfortable.
At a flea market in Japan, I bought this top. It is my favorite jacket because it is comfortable, looks fine without ironing and is lightweight for Hawaiian weather. The inside is lined at the top with cotton fabric with writing printed on it. I think a sack was used for the lining.
I love the indigo color with jeans.
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