Frequently asked questions

What is a Japanese Kimono?

The Kimono is a conventional Japanese article of clothing which used to be worn by men and women in Japan. There are many types of Kimono used for different occasions. Men and Women wear Kimono to attend traditional events like Weddings, Graduation Ceremony, Tea Ceremony and more. Kimono have a wide range of accessories worn with them such as obi, haori, juban, koshihimo and more. Wearing Japanese kimono is considered an artform, which is called kitsuke.

Is there a difference between kimono and yukata?

Yukata are a kind of Japanese kimono, they are informal and worn by either gender. Yukuta are made of cotton which makes it suitable for daily use. In the past, people of Japan used to wear Yukata at night or after baths to cool themselves. Today yukata are casual attire suitable to wear to festivals, and other casual social occassions.

How much do traditional kimono cost in Japan?

A Traditional Japanese kimono price depends on many factors like design, fabric quality, and dye process. In Japan kimono can go for as high as several thousand dollars each, without accessories such as an obi or juban.When we price our kimono we account for several factors: type of kimono, design on the kimono, and the condition of the kimono. Kimono can be made from various kinds of fabric such as cotton, wool, silk, rayon, and even polyester. Our prices start at just $20.

What accessories are worn with women's kimono?

Many people may be surprised to discover that Japanesed kimono require a variety of accessories to be worn in a traditional manner. Kitsuke is the art of dressing in and wearing a kimono. Contrary to popular belief the obi does not hold the kimono on the body, but rather koshihimo hold the kimono on. Here is a quick list of default kitsuke dressing tools to own: two or three koshihimo, one obi-ita, one or two eri-shin, one date jime, and a juban is a humble starting kit.

The accesories will vary based on the formality of the clothing they are worn with. There are formal obi, obijime, and more. Further more, outfits that are built around the likes of a yukata require less accessories than more formal ones.

What do you wear under Japanese kimono?

It is a common misconception that nothing is worn under Japanese kimono. Traditional kimono are worn in layers, and modesty is very important. The primary purpose of many of these layers is in fact to protect the kimono from the natural oils present on the human body. A juban is the most common thing worn under most kimono regardless of gender. The only kimono exemt from the juban would be onsen kimono, and yukata,

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