Kimono clad lady - Framed Picture - 12" x 16"
The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment. The word "kimono", which actually means a "thing to wear", has come to denote these full-length robes.
The standard plural of the word kimono in English is kimonos, but the unmarked Japanese plural kimono is also used. The kimono is always worn for important festivals or formal occasions. It is a formal style of clothing associated with politeness and good manners.
Today, kimono are most often worn by women, particularly on special occasions. Traditionally, unmarried women wore a style of kimono called furisode, with almost floor-length sleeves, on special occasions. Men wear the kimono most often at weddings, tea ceremonies, and other very special or very formal occasions. Professional sumo wrestlers are often seen in the kimono because they are required to wear traditional Japanese dress whenever appearing in public.