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What should I wear to a funeral in Japan?

Funeral etiquette differs greatly from country to country.
It is natural for people from overseas to be unsure of what to wear when attending a funeral in Japan.
In this article, I will introduce what to wear when attending a funeral in Japan.


It is common to wear a black suit, white shirt, black tie, and black shoes.
The pattern should also be plain. In Japan, it is common to wear black all over.
In some places, you may need to take off your shoes, such as during the burning of incense, so it is better to wear black socks.
It is considered good manners to remove watches and accessories made of shiny materials.
You may also wear a gray or navy suit for the wake. In that case, choose a dark suit.

men's suits


A black one-piece dress or a black suit is generally worn.
Many people also wear a jacket or bolero over the dress, which is called an "ensemble" style. If you wear a blouse under your suit, choose a black blouse.
Since black is generally the color of choice, shoes and bags should also be black.
Choose a simple design with no decoration.
It is preferable not to expose your skin, so wear black stockings.
Accessories should be removed except for wedding rings.
The only accessory that is acceptable to wear is a set of pearl necklaces and earrings, but if you don't have them, you don't have to wear them.

women's suits

If you are having trouble deciding what to wear to a funeral, please feel free to visit an AOKI store.
We have a wide variety of sizes available for you to choose from.