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about kimonos

Kimono is a traditional Japanese cloth that means a “thing to wear” in Japanese.

Until the Meiji era(1868〜1912), when western culture came in, Japanese people wore kimonos, both daily and special clothes.

Actually,Today’s kimonos are mainly worn for formal occasions such as weddings and funerals and traditional events such as Sado (Japanese tea ceremony).

In general, there are two types of kimonos for women. Furisode and tomesode.]

A kimono with long sleeves and gorgeous patterns are called a furisode. This is the most prestigious kimono for unmarried women. There are three types of furisode according to the length of the sleeves.

Tomesode has shorter sleeves than furisode and is for married women. The black tomesode is the most prestigious of all kimonos and is only to accept worn by the mother of the bride or groom or other close relatives.

The yukata is a casual kimono made from cotton.People used to wear the yukata as pajamas.Nowadays, most people wear yukata for summer festivals and fireworks. 

The hakama is a skirt-like pant worn with a kimono.Today, hakama are commonly worn for graduation ceremonies and as formal attire for some martial arts.

A haori is an overcoat worn on top of a kimono.A hanten is a short winter coat with cotton padding for warmth.During the Edo period, wearing haori was restricted to certain social classes, while hanten was available to all.


(summer cotton dress)


•KOMON informal kimono


(solid colore kimono with patterns concentrated on two areas)


(mens pleated skirt-like pants)




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