The kimono has had a long history in Japan and the kimono has changed over time to reflect the society and culture of that period.

Today, a Japanese woman usually owns only one kimono which is worn for the coming of age ceremony on her 19th birthday. For weddings, the complete bridal kimono and kimono apparel is usually rented. Kimono are also very rarely worn as every day clothing anymore. Occasionally, if you go to a small rural town in Japan or one of small islands like Okinawa, you will see the traditional every day kimono worn by elders.