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Kanji, Kana & Pronunciation
Kimono furisode 02.jpg
Romaji Furisode
Kanji 振袖
Kana ふりそで
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Furisode are worn by young unmarried women. The "swinging sleeves" of a furisode may vary in length from 105 cm (full length, ōfurisode) to 90 cm (midlength, chūfurisode) to 75 cm (short, kofurisode). [1] Shorter sleeves are less formal and are often seen paired with hakama for a Meiji school girl look.


  • Worn nearly exclusively by young, unmarried women
  • Long, "swinging" sleeves
  • Elaborate, youthful designs and vibrant colours
  • Range in formality from casual (komon kofurisode) to very formal (kakeshita)

Furisode Examples

Formality & TPO

The formality of a furisode is determined by the length of its sleeves, the design, and the presence or absence of mon. A kofurisode with a komon pattern would be appropriate when a semi-formal komon could be worn. Chūfurisode are most often worn paired with hakama for graduations, although ōfurisode are also an acceptable option. An ōfurisode without mon but with designs that cross the seams would be appropriate for a formal occasion such as a Coming of Age Ceremony. The addition of mon would increase the formality further.

TPO - Within Japan

Occasion Acceptable
Hotel Wedding Reception Yes
Restaurant Wedding Reception Yes
Formal Party Yes
Casual Party OK
Dinner OK
Lunch OK
Tea Gathering OK
Graduation Ceremony Yes
Practice No
Theatre, Concert OK
Exhibition OK
Travel No
Yes - Acceptable to wear.
OK - OK to wear if no suitable alternatives.
No - Unacceptable to wear.

Article Notes

Relevant Threads / Discussions


  1. Yamanaka, Norio. The Book of Kimono. Kodansha International. New York. First paperback edition, 1986. p.54.

Authors & Contributors

Author/s: Diane Quintal (Moonblossom (IG Username))

Contributors: Naomi Graham Hormozi (Immortal Geisha (IG Username))

Contributors: tzippurah (IG Username)