Kimono in Japanese literally means “something one wears”. It is pronounced kee-mo-no. They are the traditional dress of Japan and have a long history. They are one of the symbols of Japan known to foreigners.

Kimono can be very expensive and are normally worn on special occasions. One such occasion is the coming of age ceremony.

On other occasions like weddings, the bridal kimono and accessories are normally rented. The rental kimono business is stronger in big cities where people have less time. Kimono are rarely worn as every day clothing anymore, but you may seem women dressed in kimono if you visit Kyoto and rural areas of Japan.

If you want to see women wearing kimono in Tokyo you might try some of the older parts of town or target the dates for Coming of Age day and New Years Day.