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Welcome to the Rakuten kimono page! Traditional Japanese kimonos are attracting worldwide attention, and you've come to the right place to learn about what defines a kimono and what sets it apart from other traditional Japanese wear like yukatas etc. You can also purchase kimonos and their accessories and learn how to wear them. Deepen your understanding of the vast world of kimono and find your kimono here!

What is a Kimono?

Kimono's History

The origin of kimono is kosode (short sleeved robe) influenced by the Tang Dynasty clothing, which was worn during the Heian Period(794-1192). During the Muromachi age(1392-1573), kosode began to be worn without the hakama (trousers), but with an obi (belt).

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Nowadays, kimonos are worn on special occasions, such as weddings, shichi-go-san (Japanese rite of passage), funerals, and coming of age ceremonies, or by special professions such as maiko and geisha in Kyoto.

Definition of Kimono

Kimono means "things to wear". Kimono is a shortened word for "kirumono". "Kiru" means to wear, and "mono" means things. Kimono is a loose, wide-sleeved robe wrapped around the body, and is tied by a sash called obi.

Yukata VS Kimono

female yukata

Female Yukata

male yukata

Male Yukata

Yukata is a casual kimono, nowadays worn in summer festivals. They are usually made of washable unlined cotton or synthetic fabric.

Yukata Market

How to Wear a Kimono?

There are many ways to wear kimono as there are a variety types of kimono and tradition.
But here is the basic way of wearing kimono.

Wear tabi socks → Hadajuban (Underwear for kimono) → Nagajuban (kimono undergarment) → Kimono (the left panel over the right) → Tuck up and fold the hem of the kimono inwards. Make sure the bottom edge is parallel to the ground. →Tie the waistband tightly above the folding before the obi. The string should be tied slightly above your waist (for women).→ After adjusting the front, tie the chest band. → Tie the obi. → Tie the obijime for decoration. → Put on zori or geta shoes.

The following section introduces what kind of kimono items are needed for women and men respectively.

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