Kimono

Kimono is a traditional Japanese garment worn by women, men and children.

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A woman’s kimono may easily exceed US$10,000; a complete kimono outfit, with kimono, undergarments, obi, ties, socks, sandals and accessories, can exceed US$20,000.

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There are many types of kimonos for women.

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Furisode literally translates as swinging sleeves, with the sleeves of furisode average between 39 and 42 inches in length.

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Furisode are the most formal kimono for unmarried women, with colorful patterns that cover the entire garment.

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They are usually worn at Coming Of Age Day ceremonies (Seijin no Hi).

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A yukata is a casual summer kimono usually made of cotton, most often worn to outdoor festivals, by men and women of all ages.

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The yukata is also frequently worn after bathing at traditional Japanese inns.

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Hakama is a divided (umanoribakama) or undivided skirt (andonbakama) which resembles a wide pair of trousers, traditionally worn by men but contemporarily also by women in less formal situations …

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… and for certain martial arts such as aikido, kendo and kyudo.

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Hakama are often worn by young women at college graduation ceremonies …

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… and by miko in shinto shrines.

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The susohiki is mostly worn by geisha or by stage performers of traditional Japanese dance.

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It is quite long, compared to regular kimono, because the skirt is supposed to trail along the floor.

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Formal kimonos are also worn during traditional wedding ceremonies.

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6 thoughts on “Kimono

  1. Absolutely stunning pictures. Great camera work! The kimono is the one exquisite garment I have always wanted to own. You have me dreaming here:)

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