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Men's Japanese Kimono


mens kimonoMen's Kimono
Kimono were traditionally worn by men as daily wear clothing, but today they are usually only worn for festivals, ceremonies, special occasions and as kimono robes. Men's kimono, like women's can can range from simple to elaborate patterns. Popular kimono patterns include dragons, koi and masculine designs and generally are conservative in color. The kimono background color is usually blue, black, gray or brown with contrasting designs. Kimono with scenes and motifs include; dragons, kanji symbols, bamboo canes or geometric patterns.

The sleeves for men's kimono are are completely sewn closed under the arm in comparison with the open underarm sleeve on women's kimono. The underarm portion is called tamoto in Japanese.    

The kimono comes from the manufacturer with a matching sash belt. For special occasions, the kimono is worn with a kaku or heko obi belt. For more information about the belts, please see the obi belts page. 


To wear a kimono, wrap the right side of the kimono over the body, then overlap it with the left side. Right on top of the left is only used to dress a corpse for burial.