Fashion and Casual Wear in Japan

National and International dress styles

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

There is the proverb of which the essence is that people are encountered by their dress. My impression that ‘kimono’ had been left in the Edo era wasn’t true. This discovery fascinated me on my first visit to Japan as I met people of all ages dressed in kimono!

I can’t say that kimono is casual wear as most of the people are dressed in western style – classic suits for work, uniforms for school, sportswear for trips. In Tokyo people wearing kimono are mostly spied on their way to wedding ceremonies at shrines, but if you head to Kyoto you can see a lot of people in traditional kimono or yukata (a light weight and casual version of traditional dress) in late spring and summer. My Japanese friend has explained to me that kimono is very expensive and not easy to put on without the help of an expert.

In Tokyo, besides all kinds of people in casual wear, I observed young people in interesting and unusual fashions on the streets quite often. Youth fashion is widely represented in Shibuya, Tokyo Dome City and on Takeshita Street. Of course, you can try on or buy kimono or fashionable outfits in Japan!

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: Matane!