How Well Do You Know Kimono Styles? Take a Look at These 3 Common Types

  • Everyone knows how popular kimono are as a traditional Japanese garment. But do you know that there are actually different types of kimono women in Japan use for certain occasions? A kimono worn during tea ceremonies is different from one worn during weddings, funerals or festivals. Let’s check them out below.


    Komon literally means “fine pattern.” It is a type of kimono which comes in small repeated patterns which appear casual in nature. The patterns may be floral, geometric, stripes and so on. This is an informal type of kimono and thus, can be worn during casual parties, walking around town or eating in a restaurant. This can be worn by both married and unmarried women. Its existence is becoming rarer as people are no longer wearing kimono all the time.


    Furisode is a beautiful kimono worn by unmarried women which can be worn during special occasions such as wedding ceremonies, Coming of Age Day and tea ceremonies. It is a formal type of kimono with colorful patterns that tend to cover the whole garment. Since it is quite expensive to purchase one, most women only rent them during special occasions. It is also likened to the long gowns worn during a lady’s debut in the old days of the West.

    Odori Katamigawari

    A special type of kimono that is used during festivals in Japan is called Odori Katamigawari. The word odori means “dance” while katamigawari means “half and half” (half one design and half another). These are commonly worn by dancers and performers. Most of the time, they are made of synthetic material which allows frequent washing. To keep the person cool, the kimono is unlined which is normally designed for summer but also makes the kimono less expensive than those with lining.

    These are just some of the types of kimono worn by Japanese women across the country. In contrast to this, you can also find several types of men’s kimono which are actually simpler than women’s. If you get the chance to visit Japan, it might be fun to observe the different kimono styles and see if you can distinguish them.

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