Articles about Japanese Culture
The kimono is the Japanese traditional garment.
Originally the word "kimono" referred to all types of clothing, but it has come to mean specifically the full-length traditional garments.
Today, kimonos are most often worn by women, and on special occasions. A few older women and even fewer men still wear kimonos on a daily basis. Kimono is worn most often at weddings, tea ceremonies, and other very special or very formal occasions.
Types of Kimono
Tomesode is the first formal dress for married woman.
There are 5 family crest prints on black cloth and a design on the bottom of kimono.The Mother or a family member of the bride and groom at a wedding ceremony wears this kimono. Usually gold colored obi and other accessories are used for this kimono.
Furisode is the first formal dress for unmarried woman.
This kimono has dazzling color, gorgeous design and long arms.Furisode is worn at a coming-of-age ceremony, a graduation ceremony, wedding party, formal party and an arranged marriage meeting, etc.
Houmongi is the informal dress for woman.
These days, Houmongi is the most popular kimono in Japan.Houmongi is the 2nd formal dress after Tomesode for Mrs and Furisode for Miss. Houmongi is worn at a wedding party, tea ceremony and an entrance, or a graduation ceremony, etc.
Tukesage is the informal dress for woman.
This kimono’s designs are all facing up. This is a little more casual than Houmongi.Tukesage is worn at a party, tea ceremony and going out etc.
Komon is the normal dress for woman.
There are small patterns everywhere in the kimono. Komon is worn at a house party, lesson, date and theatregoing etc.Komon is a very convenient kimono to do a little going out for the person that it wants to try out a kimono.
Iromuji is the kimono that has only one color but black.
This kimono is able to be worn any situation. If you print one family crest on this kimono, it becomes formal wear.
Mofuku is the formal wear to a funeral.
This kimono is all black and has 5 family crest prints.The accessories have to be all black except juban (an underwear) and tabi (socks).Mofuku is only worn to the funeral of a close relative or friend.
Yukata is summer dress.
This kimono is worn without juban (underwear).Yukata is a cooling garment to wear. It is made with straight seams and wide sleeves. Unlike formal kimono, yukata are typically made of cotton rather than silk or synthetic fabric, and they are unlined.
Jinbei is a kind of traditional Japanese clothing worn during the summer.
Jinbei sets consist of a top and matching shorts.