Japanese Kimonos, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan.
The Japanese kimono may be beautiful but it is not practical. The
tight wrapping restricts women's movements. Women in kimonos can only
take small steps. Kimonos are worn with two types of sandals. The geta
sandals have a raised heel. The zori sandals seen in these pictures,
have a flat bottom. Tabi socks worn by these women have a split between
the large toe to accommodate the thong from the sandal.
These furisode kimono are usually worn by young unmarried women. The
kimonos may not fit well on young girls. Eleven year old Akari pictured
here on the left is having trouble walking. She is not accustomed to
having her legs restricted to narrow steps. She also has problems
keeping her long sleeves off the ground. Yumi has more experience and
walks with elegant control of all her movements, demonstrating proper
poise to her protege.