Japanese Kimono – The Various Styles for All Occasions

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We all know what a Japanese Kimono is all about but did you know that not all Kimonos are meant for every occasion, check out the various styles and the colors.

Japanese Kimono – The Various Styles for All Occasions

The Japanese kimono is very popular because of its well known beauty and designs but did you know that there are several kinds of kimonos, as well as different kinds for different occasions?

There are lots of information about the regular Japanese Obi and Kimono accessories but to start, lets get down to the basics of the Japanese Kimono.

Types Of Kimono:

The different types of Kimono are: Furisode, Homongi, Komon, Mofuku, Omeshi Shiromuku, Tomesode, Uchikake and Yukata. They can be grouped into formal or casual wears.

Formal Kimonos
Formal Kimonos are Furisode, Homongi, Mofuku, Tomesode and Uchikake. Tomesode is the most formal type of kimono, mostly worn by a married Japanese woman.
In Japan, marital status is very important when choosing the right kimono, single Japanese women on the other hand, can choose to wear either the Furisode or Homongi.

Types of Kimonos for Weddings:

In the case of a wedding which is a formal event, brides wear a special kind of bridal kimono, these kimonos are called Shiromuku and the outer part of the Shiromuku is called Uchikake

A Shiromuku is usually white in color because Shiro means white in Japanese. The Uchikake is always colorful and heavily decorated, a white
special sash called the Obi, is also worn by the bride for the wedding.
The bridal dress is never complete without its headpiece and which is also, yes you guessed it right… white.

Family members of the couple would usually wear, which is the black Tomesode to these weddings, they can also be worn to other formal events. The wedding guests can also wear a Kimono and it can be a colored Tomesode or Furisode.

Types of Kimonos for Funerals:

For a Funeral, the deceased can also be dressed in a Kimono but the Kimono would not be worn in the usual left over right pattern, rather it would be changed to the right over left pattern.

Funerals are the only time in Japan, when a Kimono is worn right over left, the mourners also wear Kimonos and these type of Kimono is called Mofuku

If you are interested in a Kimono especially as a casual wear, then you should consider choosing a Kimono, that would be made from either wool or cotton yukata. You would also need to select, a less formal obi to wear with your casual Kimono, also do not select a gold embroidered obi, to wear with your yukata.


Due to its fabric and accessories, Kimonos tend to be on the expensive side but a Kimono is more than a thing of beauty or traditional cloth, as you will discover that it is a pleasure to wear and it would be truly worth your while, to invest in this Japanese traditional wear.

To know more about Kimonos, here are two fantastic books about this beautiful Japanese fabric.

1. The Book of Kimono by Norio Yamanka.

2. Kimono by Liza Dalby


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author avatar ladyfoxxy
28th Sep 2013 (#)

Nice one. I really love to try one. I enjoyed reading your article.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
28th Sep 2013 (#)

Nice article and useful info. A kimono would be a nice gift.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
22nd Oct 2013 (#)

great information...beautiful pictures...thank you..

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
30th Oct 2013 (#)

Cute pictures, and I agree -- good info. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar joyalariwo
31st Oct 2013 (#)

thanks everyone for reading, enjoyed writing it!

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author avatar Rose*
23rd Dec 2013 (#)

Kimonos look beautiful - I wouldn't mind owning one!

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author avatar joyalariwo
24th Dec 2013 (#)

They are beautiful indeed thanks Rose for the nice comments.

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