When do you wear a Kimono? What varieties are there?

The Japanese national clothing is the "Kimono”.

However, you do not see many people wearing Kimonos on the streets. Many people may not know exactly when to wear one.
Since the Meiji era (1868-1912), it has become commonplace for Japanese people to spend their daily lives in Western-style clothing.
Therefore, there may be an image that Kimonos are worn by people from the olden days.

However, even today, it is a traditional custom of the Japanese people and is often worn on certain occasions.

In this article, we explain when Kimonos are worn and what varieties there are.

It is often worn mainly for the following celebratory events
・”Omiya-mairi” (Celebration of first month after birth)
・”Shichi-go-san” (Celebration of seventh, fifth and third age *Past article)
・Coming-of-Age Day (Celebration of age of maturity *Past article)
・Graduation ceremony (commonly at university)

The type of Kimono worn depends on the occasion.

In particular, women wear more types of Kimono than men do.

Typical examples of Kimono designs are listed below.
■白無垢(しろむく”Shiromuku” ):worn by the bride before and during a Japanese-style wedding ceremony
■色打掛(いろうちかけ ”Iro-uchikake” ):worn by the bride after a Japanese-style wedding ceremony
■黒留袖(くろとめそで ”Kuro-tomesode” ):worn by the family-related married women at a wedding
■振袖(ふりそで ”Furisode” ):It is a gorgeous Kimono, generally worn by unmarried women, mainly for coming-of-age ceremonies and for attending weddings.
■訪問着(ほうもんぎ”Hōmongi”): It is a subdued pattern and is worn for traditional occasions such as tea ceremonies and parties.)    
■袴(はかま ”Hakama”): In the past, it was used for school uniforms, but in recent years it is worn at graduation ceremonies. For ease of movement, the length and hem are shorter than those of other Kimonos, and a trouser-like Hakama is attached.
For men, Hakama is worn at weddings and coming-of-age ceremonies. 
In addition to celebrations, Kimonos are also worn at funerals.

It looks similar to a Kuro-tomesode, but there is no pattern and all accessories are completely black.
This time of year, we often see people dressed in "Yukata" at festivals and fireworks events.

In the past, Yukatas were used as an undergarment, but since the Edo period (1603-1867), they have been worn as a summer dress for short outings because of its good ventilation properties.

At tourist spots such as Asakusa and Kamakura, you can have your picture taken in a Kimono or Yukata. Many stores offer plans that allow you to walk around town while wearing them.

How about taking a picture of yourself in your favorite Kimono to create memories of your time in Japan?
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