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Odori kimono

Kanji, Kana & Pronunciation
Romaji Odori Kimono
Kanji 踊り着物
Kana おどりきもの
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(n) dance kimono

Odori, or dance, kimono are kimono which are used by dance schools for performances, or for festivals. They are often coloured and patterned as to be easily seen from far away from the stage. Odori kimono is an umbrella term: they can be any type of kimono including yukata and even mofuku.


  • Most often synthetic
  • Unlined (hitoe) or semi-lined
  • Strong, contrasting colours or heavy use of gold and/or silver
  • Large, easily visible designs, sometimes themed for specific dances or occasions
  • Often has an all-over background pattern such as sayagata or higaki
  • Can further be classified as any other type of kimono
  • Often mass-produced, leading to easily found multiples

Odori Kimono Examples

Formality & TPO

The formality of individual odori kimono should be judged by what kind of standard kimono that the odori kimono resembles.

TPO - Within Japan

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

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