Kimono : It’s the traditional ethnic dress.

▶ Most Japanese people wear western clothes in everyday life, but on special occasions we also wear a traditional ethnic dress called kimono. There are different types of kimono for men and women of different ages.

▶ You will see people in formal kimono at weddings, funerals or at traditional gatherings. These kimono are multi-layered, and can take more than one hour to put on. A single-layered kimono called yukata is easy to put on. This is often worn in the summer. Some yukata are used as sleepwear.

▶ Many yukata are affordable, but some formal kimono or sashes made by famous makers can cost more than one million yen!