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Japanese Kimono

Casual Women's Japanese Kimono

Kimono Kitsuke Accessories:

3 himo, 1 juban with haneri, 1 nagoya obi, 1 obi-ita, 1 makura, 1 obiage, 1 obijime, 1 erishin

The Japanese kimono (着物) are a long-standing cultural icon of Japan that is encased in centuries of heritage and rich symbolism. Our selection of casual women's Japanese kimono is the largest on our site, with our selection of women's yukata being second. We aim to add 5 to 20 new kimono a week to this selection to ensure it is always fresh with something new to offer our customers. The selection we offer includes a wonderful variety of classic Japanese themes including popular designs such as cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, chrysanthemum flowers, frolicking rabbits, ducks, and more. The designs on a kimono have cultural meaning and can be used to express emotions and reflect heavily upon the person wearing the kimono. To illustrate the point here are a few examples of symbolism on kimono. Ducks are associated with a long and happy marriage. Rabbits are most commonly tied to fertility when the rabbit is white and with waves, the full moon, and the New Year. Cherry blossoms are among one of the most popular designs, their symbolism, however, is more somber as it represents the short and delicate nature of life and beauty. Understanding the symbolism expressed on a kimono will greatly enrich anyone experience when purchasing, viewing or wearing a traditional kimono.  


Japanese Kimono Formality

There are various kinds of kimono. Though the construction is the same for all kimono, the designs are what decides the type of kimono it is. Casual women's kimono generally have an overall design and can be lined or unlined. These kimono are considered slightly more formal than yukata but are less formal than the likes of Houmongi, or even more formal kimono types such as Furisode and Kurotomesode.


Women's Versus Men's Japanese Kimono

Men and women generally wear different designs, and their kimono vary slightly. The fit of a woman's kimono and the manner in which it is worn is different from a man's style. The most obvious difference between the genders is simply the armpit. A female kimono has an open armpit, while a male kimono has a closed armpit. Women's attire is typically much more colorful, and require more accessories to be worn traditionally. When purchasing your kimono it is important to understand the gender desired for the manner in which it will be worn, because that will influence the sizing, and manner in which it is put on, as well as the accessories required.

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