If you have a picture in your mind about the Japanese lifestyle, reality may not live up to your expectations. Contrary to popular belief, it’s rare to see many women wearing kimono dresses on the streets of Tokyo. In fact, this international city may look a lot more “Western” than many American towns. But this doesn’t meant that kimono dresses, or yukatas, have not influenced Japanese fashions. The Kimono is more likely to be worn in a traditional ceremony or celebratory setting, with kimono dresses a more popular item with older Japanese women.
Wearing a kimono in the traditional Japanese way would require one to purchase an elaborate “obi” or sash to wrap around the waist. In today’s more casual culture, it’s more common to wear colorful silk kimonos as loungewear or as a robe at a resort area. When shopping for kimono dresses, most women find that a lightweight cotton yukata is a better choice.