Giving Japanese Kimonos as Gifts

Marital status also influences kimono choices. Married women wear different styles of kimonos than unmarried women. For unmarried women, the furisode is a popular choice with its very long sleeves and pronounced colorful patterns. On the other hand, married women opt for the tomesode, featuring the family crest and a black color scheme. Both are formal kimonos, but they carry distinct implications for the wearer’s status.


Formality is a crucial factor to consider, as different kimonos suit various levels of formality. For instance, an uchikake, a wedding kimono, would not be appropriate streetwear, and a casual kimono might not be suitable for a tea ceremony. To ensure you select the most suitable kimono as a gift, refer to Japanese Style’s in-depth guide to kimono formality. If you have any questions, feel free to email us.

Gifting a kimono holds historical significance, as many kimonos are treasured as heirlooms passed down from generation to generation. By presenting one to your friend, you are participating in this rich tradition, so pay attention to these details to honor the gift appropriately. Your thoughtful gesture will undoubtedly be appreciated by the recipient!

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