Japanese Culture


    Kimono Image

Kimono is common Japanese garment. Different kinds of Kimono are worn on different occasions and in different seasons. Generally speaking, it is a loose-fitting garment with sleeves, overlapping in front so as to be double-breasted. It has no buttons; a sash, called an obi, holds the garment in place. Obis for women are about 0.6m wide and are usually folded double. About 3.3m in length, they are wound around the waist twice and tied in a bow at the back. As the material in a woman’s obi is heavy and stiff, the bow looks like a bulky bag on the woman’s back. A woman’s obi is secured with a few cords, one of which is decorated with an ornamental front buckle called the Obidome.