Kimono, Haori, and Hakama: Traditional Japanese Clothing

The kimono (着物) is a traditional Japanese garment worn today mainly at festivals and celebrations, with its everyday use being uncommon. This item is known worldwide as a symbol of Japanese culture that has existed for over a thousand years since its creation.

The kimono has several necessary accessories for wearing, including the Obi (帯), a sash that is tied around the waist, Tabi (足袋), socks that have a division between the big toe and the rest of the toes, and various types of sandals, such as Geta (下駄) and Zori (草履).

The Haori (羽織) and the Hakama (絝) are optional pieces to be worn with the kimono and can be worn by both men and women. The Haori is a lightweight coat, and the Hakama is a garment resembling trousers.

The Haori (羽織) was traditionally worn as an overcoat over the kimono by men in wars to protect themselves from the cold. Nowadays, it is worn in various sizes, depending on the style and age of the wearer, ranging from jacket-sized to floor-length.

The Hakama (絝) is a garment worn over the kimono that resembles trousers. This piece is loose-fitting because historically, the Hakama was worn by samurais and men who rode horses. Nowadays, the Hakama is more common among women, as it offers more possibilities in terms of styles and colors.

How to Obtain Kimono, Haori, and Hakama and Where to Wear Them?

There are several stores across Japan that rent out these clothing pieces. However, it's worth noting that the Haori and Hakama are optional and should be requested at the time of rental. The initial rental prices for a basic kimono with necessary accessories range from 4,000 to 5,000 yen.

These typical Japanese clothes can be worn at festivals, celebrations, graduations, temples, weddings, funerals, tea ceremonies, among other occasions. Foreigners are welcome to wear these garments and be part of Japanese traditions.