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KIMONO

When you think about Japan, one of the first images that comes to mind is a kimono.

The main image of kimonos is the one that girls wear for different occasions, but did you know that there are men’s kimonos too? 

Kimono used to be the typical everyday clothing in Japan before the standardization of western style clothes. Nowadays kimonos are worn for special occasions such as wedding parties, graduation parties, etc… 

There are different types of Kimono too.  For example, if you are near city hall on Coming of Age Day in Japan, you will likely see large groups of young people dressed in kimono. Women wear what is called “furisode” with sleeves around100/110cm long! Men wear the traditional “hakama”, but recently many men like to wear suits.

During the summer festival “matsuri” season, you can also see kimonos being worn in a more casual atmosphere. They are called “yukata” and are lighter weight than a formal kimono. 

Yukatas are also gender neutral so you’ll see both men and women in these lighter, cotton versions. People like to consider the season, occasion, etc. when choosing the color and design. 

During the summer festival “matsuri” season, you can also see kimonos being worn in a more casual atmosphere. They are called “yukata” and are lighter weight than a formal kimono. 

Yukatas are also gender neutral so you’ll see both men and women in these lighter, cotton versions. People like to consider the season, occasion, etc. when choosing the color and design. 

Keep your eyes open for these beautiful, unique garments!