HI! If you're here it's probably because you're trying to understand what a kigurumi is, you'd like to know which ones are the best, or maybe you're just looking for a good reason to buy one.
Well, good news, in this article you will find all the answers you are looking for!
During the reading you will get to know the colorful world of kigurumi, starting from the history of these Japanese animal-shaped pajamas up to the 5 reasons why you absolutely must have one in your closet.
Are you ready? Let's start.
1) What does "Kigurumi" mean?
Some call them pajamas, some coveralls and few, very few call them by their own name or Kigurumi. But what does the word “kigurumi” mean?
The term "Kigurumi" is derived from the combination of two Japanese words: "kiru" meaning "to wear" and "nigurumi" meaning "stuffed toy". Thus, Kigurumi literally translates to "wearable stuffed animal". The fascinating aspect of Japanese language and its wordplay is truly captivating, isn't it?
When it comes to pronunciation, the term "kigurumi" is pronounced exactly as it is spelled: Ki-gu-ru-mi. It may seem difficult at first, but you can always simplify it by calling them "kigu". Those familiar with the term will understand you regardless.
2) Which are Kigurumi’s origins?
Being a fairly recent fad, chances are you first saw kigurumi pajamas not too long ago. These cute animal costumes have actually been around for a lot longer than we think.
Indeed, the first kigurumi made their debut in Japan during the early 1990s and quickly became iconic fashion items within Japanese pop culture. Even today, it's not uncommon to spot people wearing kigurumi while strolling the fashionable streets of Shibuya, one of Tokyo's hipster neighborhoods
The origin of Kigurumi can be traced back to the 1600s when it was used in Kabuki, an ancestor of Japanese theater. During Kabuki performances, actors wore animal-shaped costumes, marking the early models of Kigurumi. It's fascinating to see how these costumes have evolved over time, isn't it?
2.1) Sazac: the Kigurumi’s brand
We all know that every product is always associated with a brand. For example if I say "jeans" we all think of Levi's.
When it comes to the invention of kigurumi, credit goes to the company Sazac, which introduced these products in 1996. Since then, Sazac has gained worldwide recognition, making kigurumi famous and iconic in the fashion world to this day.
Sazac, the esteemed Japanese brand, has been a prominent figure in Kigurumi's industry for 30 years. Renowned for their quality of materials, meticulous craftsmanship, and unwavering attention to detail, Sazac continues to hold the top position in the market, setting the standard for excellence in kigurumi production.
Their products are also the only ones considered original, despite the fact that many other companies, riding the wave of fashion, have tried to imitate them.
Would you like to know more? Go read our article on how to recognize an original Kigurumi.
2.2) Kigurumi’s influence in the pop culture
Remember when we told you that kigurumi first spread to Japan? Well, we weren't lying, but mind you, that was just the beginning. In recent years, Kigu-mania has also conquered thousands of European and American hearts, to the point of treading the red carpet with their own kigurumi worn by stars such as Ariana Grande, Cara Delevingne or Miley Cyrus.
In short, the Japanese brand has managed to expand all over the world over the years and today it has also landed here in Italy, choosing us from Kigumania.com as the first official retailer.
And we couldn't be more proud of it.
Now that we've introduced you to the world of kigu and their history, we think it's time to tell you the reasons why you absolutely must have a kigurumi in your closet.
3) 5 reasons to have a Kigurumi in your closet
3.1) They are comfortable, cheerful and colourful
Kigurumi are exceptionally comfortable due to their soft fleece fabric, providing both coziness and gentle touch. The 'oversize' fit creates a sensation of weightlessness, like you're wearing nothing at all. Their cheerful designs and delightful details never fail to bring a smile to your face, making them irresistible.
And last but not least, they are colored with pastel shades that will give a touch of light to your days.
You can wear clothes under your Kigurumi for added comfort and versatility. Consider wearing lightweight garments such as leggings or tank tops. It's important to choose breathable and comfortable clothing that complements the Kigurumi without adding too much warmth.
3.2) They make us unique
Having a kigurumi will give you the opportunity to transform into your favorite animal whenever you want, plus once you wear it you won't be able to do without it because you'll feel unique and stand out from the crowd without working too hard!
3.3) A kigurumi is also (and above all) a pajama
Kigurumi is more than just a typical pajama; it's synonymous with indulgent comfort. Crafted from soft pile fabric, these pajamas offer a cozy embrace, perfect for cuddling up and staying warm in bed. With their unique designs, wearing a Kigurumi feels like snuggling inside your beloved stuffed animal.
Can I sleep with a Kigurumi? Absolutely! Kigurumi is perfect for sleeping too. Picture a cozy winter evening, slipping into your Kigurumi and snuggling under the warm blankets. You can even enhance the relaxation by bringing a book along. Can you imagine a more delightful sleepwear option?
3.4) They are suitable for all people
Kigurumi, unique animal-inspired pajamas, are designed to be unisex, making them suitable for both men and women. Regardless of your gender or height, Kigurumis offer a perfect fit for everyone, allowing everyone to embrace the cozy and playful spirit they bring.
Kigurumi are comfortable and cute costumes that represent your favorite animals. In our catalog, you'll find a wide selection of fun animals, such as the Lemur Kigurumi, and adorable ones like the Koala Kigurumi. And don't forget the must-have Unicorn Kigurumi to add to your wardrobe!
3.5) One size fits all kigurumi
Sazac Kigurumi offers a unique sizing approach. Their comfortable fit means they come in just two sizes based on height: Regular and X-Tall.
The Regular size is ideal for individuals ranging from 5'0" to 5'11", while the X-Tall styles are specially designed for those taller than 5'11".
or more detailed information on Kigurumi sizes, be sure to check out our comprehensive size guide.
4) When can I wear a kigurumi?
Now we can answer the last question you are asking yourself, perhaps even the most important: on what occasion can I wear my kigurumi?
4.1) The best garment to wear at home
If you want to use them more classically, kigurumi are the most original winter pajamas you can sleep in. Think of them as soft, warm sleeping bags that will keep you warm indoors.
4.2) Ready to use costume for parties or concerts
Have you ever been invited to a theme party and didn't know what to wear? Well, with a kigurumi you won't have this problem anymore because you can easily wear it even over your clothes. Convenient and fast!
4.3) Unforgettable souvenir photos
Has it ever happened to you during a trip that you wanted a unique, unforgettable photo that is popular on social media? Surely with a kigurumi the surprise effect will be incredible.
From this article you have learned to better understand those "pajamas" that you have occasionally seen around and of which you knew nothing, not even their name!
We hope we have given you an extra suggestion and information that will allow you to buy your new onesie and use it in the best possible way and on the most varied occasions.
One last thing...
Don't call them pajamas anymore, their name is Kigurumi! :)