Woman in Japanese Kimono

7 Occasions to Wear a Japanese Kimono

The kimono is a famously traditional garment in Japan. With many different styles, colours, materials, and patterns to choose from – kimonos are worn to a variety of different occasions. The elegant kimono style has become an increasingly popular trend across the world, but is still traditionally worn for many Japanese occasions.

1. Weddings

Japanese wedding wearing kimonos

Both the bride and groom fashion a wedding kimono at a traditional Shinto wedding. At more westernised weddings, which are becoming increasingly popular in Japan, the bride will wear a western wedding dress during the ceremony and change into a bridal kimono for the party. All bridal kimonos are elaborate and tend to have no expenses spared.

2. Guest at a Wedding 

Japanese Wedding

Of course, kimonos are also often worn by weddings guests to a Japanese wedding. Whether the wedding is in traditional Japanese style or westernised, a kimono is still acceptable and appropriate to wear. Being a guest at a wedding is thought of as a great way to meet potential partners, and so it is common for young unmarried women to wear a brightly coloured kimono to attract a potential suitor. For married and older guests, it is more common to wear a darker and more simple kimono.

3. Graduation


Another special occasion that many like to wear a kimono to, is at a graduation ceremony. This is often paired with a Hakama, which is a skirt that is either divided or undivided. A hakama resembles a wide pair of trousers, and women often wear one with their kimono to a graduation ceremony. A hakama possesses a scholarly image due to professors and lecturers traditionally wearing them.

4. Coming of Age Ceremony

Kimonos at Coming of Age Ceremony

Coming of Age ceremonies (Seijin-Shiki) are held on every second Monday of January. This ceremony welcomes young adults to adulthood who turned 20 between April 2nd of the year before, and April 1st of the current year. Kimonos can typically be seen Japan on this day. For this occasion, girls tend to wear furisode, which are kimonos with long-flowing sleeves. Boys tend to wear haori, which are half coats, and then a hakama decorated with their family crest.

5. Summer festivals

Japanese Kimono

Japan is famous for its array of festivals in the summer. From small to large, people love to apprcciate the Japanese summer at special events with the people they love. Most young women tend to wear a summer kimono, known as a yukata, to these festivals. Yukata are a more informal kimono, and are ideal for summer due to the lightweight material helping the wearer to maintain a cool temperature. The wide sleeves are also great for keeping cool, whilst providing a chic and summery look for those summer festivals.

6. Attending a Funeral

Black material

Formal black kimonos are often worn to Japanese funerals. and this is the only occasion where the right side of the kimono is crossed over the left. At any other occasion, it is thought to be bad luck to wear a kimono with the right side over the left. It is tradition for people to attend the ceremony wearing kimonos, and so most people in attendence still do that.

7. Participating in a Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony

The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a cultural ceremony in Japan that is popular with its residents. The activity involves perfecting the art of preparing, serving, and appreciating tea. All individuals participating in the ceremony must wear a kimono. The tea ceremony actually evolved during a time where the kimono was worn daily by all men and women. Because of this, many of the movements involved in making tea are actually accounted for in the design of the kimono.

Kimonos are extremely diverse in their look and uses, and are still popular for many occasions, despite westernisation. We have a large range of beautiful and authentic kimonos suitable for many occasions!

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