Traditional Japanese costumes. Currently intended for both men and women. Most popular in aikido and kendo. Hakama in aikido means the higher student or master. These pleated pants, very wide, allow freedom of movement in combat
Pleats mean virtues: goodness, justice, kindness, wisdom and intelligence, sincerity and honesty, loyalty and faithfulness, honor. For tying, four straps are used which are called "himo". The pants have seven pleats, five in the front and two in the back.