Kimono (Japanese Dress)

For the most part, Japanese people today wear western clothing in their everyday life, but the traditional Japanese clothing (kimono) is still popular both as formal attire and as clothing for the home.

The kimonos worn by Japanese women are well known abroad for their beauty. By far the most gorgeous is the uchikake, a long overgarment worn by the bride in a wedding ceremony. The silk fabric is embroidered with gold and silver threads, most commonly in patterns of flowers or birds.

There are various types of kimono. Designs and colors of women’s kimonos differ according to the marital status of the wearer. Women also wear kimonos of different fabrics, designs, patterns and cut in accordance with the occasion – formal or informal. Japanese women ordinarily wear kimonos during the New Year holidays, or on such occasions as the coming-of-age ceremony, college graduation parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions as well as funeral services.

Whereas Western dresses are tailored in specific sizes to fit the wearer, Japanese Kimonos are made only in approximate sizes and the fit is adjusted by the manner in which it is worn. This an operation requiring special technique. More than ninety percent of the young Japanese women of today are accustomed only to Western dresses and cannot put on a kimono by themselves.

The elegance and refined beauty of the kimono derives more from the atmosphere created by the manner in which the Kimono is worn than from the beauty of the cloth.

Men wear kimonos mostly at home when they wish to enjoy a relaxed, easy atmosphere. However, it is not uncommon for men to wear kimonos during the New Year holidays to receive guests at home. On formal occasions, they wear haori (a half-coat) and hakama (a divided skirt).

The cotton yukata is an informal kimono and is popular as home garment especially for summer wear. It is an ideal kimono to wear while cooling off in a breezy part of the house after a bath in the summer.

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 洋服が体形に合わせてつくられているのに対し、キモノは体形との相関関係がルーズであって、着付けによって身体に合わせるため着方が難しい。日常洋服で生活 している最近の若い女性の90%は、自分ひとりでキモノを着ることができない。キモノの持つ奥床しさ、落ち着きの美しさは、染織の美しさによるということ 以上に、キモノを着ることによって醸し出される雰囲気に夜といわれる。