Over the years Kimono has been known as a traditional clothing in Japan most especially for women. It is the most basic common term for traditional Japanese dress.
Who would have thought that there are actually various types of Kimonos in Japan and each type has a corresponding meaning behind, depending on the occasion or a season. So before you choose what kind of kimono to wear, let’s have a glimpse at some of the different types available and make sure that you pick the right one for you!
Yukata is a casual light cotton kimono made for this hot season. Yukatas normally have a brightly imprinted colors and designs. Nowadays these specific kimonos are mainly worn during traditional summer festivals in Japan. Furthermore, you can also get to experience Yukata wearing if you stay in a “Ryokan” a well-known traditional Japanese Inns, as they provide Yukatas for use as a bath rope to all the guests. No wonder it became widely popular even among most foreigners.
Furisode is a type of kimono that is brightly colored with a touch of silk and is a very fine one. Furisodes are now worn at the “coming of age” ceremonies in Japan. Once a Japanese woman turns 20 years old, she becomes an official adult. In the traditional modest Japanese culture, wearing it was a formal statement that you are indeed single and available for marriage. One of the major difference of furisode among other kimonos is that the sleeves are much longer, and almost touch the ground.
This is the most formal Kimono worn by young brides at traditional Japanese wedding. It is usually white or very flashy, often with red as the base colour. Uchikake are quite bulky and are not meant to be belted like most kimonos we normally see. It is also quite long and is meant to trail along the ground slightly, the way you see it in the photos.
Japan’s culture is undoubtfully rich even nowadays as they continue to appreciate, practice and embrace their ancient traditions such as wearing their traditional clothing, which you can still see in several ceremonies and on important occasions. Surely, if you have never been to Japan you probably never wore any of these!