I had my kimono dress experience in Saitama Japan. It was a bucket lists fulfilled for me.
Wearing kimono is an art. Walking, sitting, eating, just about every action you do in a kimono is as decided as a freestyle dance, where each movement is improvised but highly practiced. And in that way it is as Japanese as Japanese society itself.
32Kimono is the national garment of Japan. The word “kimono”, which actually means a “thing to wear” (ki “wear” and mono “thing”)The kimono is always worn for important festivals or formal occasions. It is a formal style of clothing associated with politeness and good manners.
Kimono have T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. Kimono are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right (except when dressing the dead for burial) and are secured by sash, called an obi. which is tied at the back. Kimono are generally worn with traditional footwear and split toe-sock.
Traditionally, kimonos are sewn by hand; even machine-made kimonos require substantial hand-stitching. Kimono fabrics are frequently hand-made and -decorated. Techniques such as yūzen dye resist are used for applying decoration and patterns to the base cloth. Repeating patterns that cover a large area of a kimono are traditionally done with the yūzen resist technique and a stencil. Over time there have been many variations in color, fabric and style, as well as accessories such as the obi.