Kikyo was a miko during the Sengoku jidai and, at one time, Inuyasha's love interest. She was entrusted by the yokai taijiya to guard and purify the Shikon no Tama. Kikyo wore the traditional dress of a miko, which has remained essentially unchanged to this day except for the lack of the slit-shoulder seam. Kikyo wore a white jacket with sode-kukuri through the sleeves and open shoulders. Strings called muna-himo were attached to each lapel and tied in front to keep the garment closed. Kikyo's kosode would be very much like a modern Kendo or Naginata Keikogi, with the sleeve fitting somewhat closely like a modern loose shirt and extending slightly past the wrist. The slits on the side of her hakama, and the openings at the sleeves and shoulders of her hitoe showed the white kosode she sported. This was a deliberate fashion effect. Kikyo wore a bright red nagabakama, which included the small board on the lower back. Like a majority of other characters, she also was perpetually barefoot throughout the series, however this was changed in the anime where Kikyo wore common tabi and rice straw sandals. Kikyo sported a red Obi, or belt, over all her other garments!