Choose the pattern of your kimono according to the season! This time we will introduce recommended kimono patterns for autumn.

As autumn gradually deepens, many people may be thinking, “I want to wear a kimono and walk around the streets of Kyoto,” or “I want to enjoy the autumn leaves in a kimono.”

However, the kimono, which is Japan’s representative kimono, comes in a variety of colors and patterns, so many people say they don’t know which one to choose.

Here, we will introduce typical kimono patterns that are often chosen and color patterns that look good in autumn. We will also tell you how to choose a kimono pattern that matches the season, so please use this as a reference when choosing your kimono!

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List of typical kimono patterns

There are four main types of patterns commonly seen on kimonos:

1. Patterns that represent the seasons
2. Pattern with living things drawn on it
3. Auspicious pattern
4. Yusho pattern pattern

Various motifs can be seen in the “patterns that represent the seasons.” Some depict seasonal flowers such as cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, while others incorporate natural objects such as snow as patterns. Floral patterns in particular are a classic, and are an easy way to incorporate the seasonal atmosphere.

Next is a pattern with living things drawn on it. When you hear that “living things are drawn”, some people may think, “Is there a pattern like that?” However, there are a surprising number of kimonos that have butterflies, dragons, birds, dragonflies, and other motifs incorporated into their designs.

“Auspicious patterns” is a general term for auspicious patterns that were first introduced from China and developed in Japan during the Heian and Kamakura periods. Some of the famous places include cranes, turtles, and pine, bamboo, and plum trees. These motifs represent longevity, as the saying goes, “A crane lives a thousand years, a turtle lives a million years.” Auspicious patterns are the general term for patterns with motifs that have meanings such as prosperity and longevity.

On the other hand, “Yushoku patterns” is a general term for the patterns that aristocrats liked to use to decorate their costumes and tools during the Heian period. There are cloisonnés, mukaicho, tachiwaku, hanabishi, and yatsufuji no maru, and they are still often incorporated into kimonos and Japanese accessories.

At Waplus Kyoto, we have a variety of these colors and patterns, so you can choose your favorite kimono and enjoy going out.

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Kimono pattern perfect for autumn

It is said that it is best to choose a kimono a little ahead of the season. For example, if you are choosing a kimono pattern for fall, it would be a good idea to start wearing it at the end of summer, around mid-to-late September. Although it is not absolutely necessary, wearing seasonal patterns that are a little ahead of time can make the viewer think about the upcoming season.

And most importantly, the kimono patterns that represent autumn and can be worn from around mid-September include the following.

Autumn leaves (momiji)
Fukiyose (pattern with finely scattered autumn plants)

After all, autumn leaves are a typical pattern that evokes the image of autumn. In addition, bellflowers and clover clovers are plants that bloom in autumn, as they are included in the list of autumn herbs, so they are often used as kimono patterns.

If you are renting a kimono to go out in the fall, be sure to choose a pattern like the one above! If you find it difficult to choose a kimono by looking at the patterns yourself, you can ask the staff at the kimono rental service and they will be able to show you some that are perfect for fall. I would be happy if you could feel free to give me a call!

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How to choose a kimono pattern that matches the season

Kimono allows you to enjoy various colors and patterns depending on the season. If you enjoy renting kimonos, why not try choosing kimono patterns that match the four seasons?

You can choose a kimono based on the color alone, but you can also enjoy the pattern and the meaning behind it. Here, we will tell you about kimono patterns that are suitable for spring, summer, fall, and winter. (Please keep in mind the idea of “getting a little ahead of the season” as you watch)

The following kimono patterns are recommended for spring when various plants bloom.

Cherry Blossoms)

When we think of Japanese nature that represents spring, the first thing that comes to mind is cherry blossoms. Also, flowers such as Morifolia, wisteria, and peonies often start blooming a little after the cherry blossoms bloom, so they are recommended as kimono patterns to wear in spring.

Next, we will introduce kimono patterns that are perfect for summer, when the temperature is high and the greenery is lush.

Melon (watermelon, loofah, gourd, etc.)

Summer is when the heat is at its peak, so it’s best to wear patterns that are as cool as possible! Hydrangeas with blue and purple tones and willows waving in the wind are popular patterns that bring a moment of coolness in the hot summer.

There is also a pattern of plants in the melon family that ripen in the summer. The fourth type, Nadeshiko, is one of the fall flowers, and by wearing it in the late summer heat, you can feel the arrival of the next season and look stylish.

As I have already introduced, the following kimono patterns are recommended in autumn when the leaves turn reddish-yellow.

Autumn leaves (momiji)
Fukiyose (pattern with finely scattered autumn plants)

In the fall, colors and patterns reminiscent of autumn leaves turning red and yellow are popular. Cherry blossoms in spring and colored leaves in autumn are representative scenery of Japan, so be sure to take a walk around the streets of Kyoto in autumn wearing a kimono pattern that reminds you of autumn leaves!

Unlike spring, summer, and autumn, the colorful colors are gone in winter, so auspicious patterns such as the ones below and patterns of flowers that bloom in winter are often worn.

Plum (ume)
Nanten (nannan)

In winter, the plants wither and the natural colors diminish, so patterns of lucky charms such as chrysanthemums and pine trees become more common. On the other hand, patterns of plums and camellias, which bloom in full bloom in winter, are also often used. Since it’s winter, if you want to look a little chic, why not choose lucky charm patterns such as chrysanthemum or pine, or if you want to wear a gorgeous pattern even in winter, why not choose plum or camellia?

Above, we have introduced kimono patterns suitable for the four seasons. In Japan, the four seasons have been valued since ancient times. When choosing a kimono, one of the best parts of wearing a kimono is choosing a kimono pattern that has a seasonal feel like the ones above.

However, your own preferences are also important! If you’re going to enjoy Kyoto, you’ll want to wear a kimono with a pattern that suits the season and suits your tastes. To that end, our staff at Waplus Kyoto will help you choose the kimono of your choice!

If you want to wear a kimono pattern that matches the season, we recommend renting a kimono!

In the above chapter, we introduced recommended kimono patterns for each season. However, in modern times, where kimonos are no longer worn as everyday wear, many people find it very difficult to buy and manage kimonos with many patterns to match the seasons.

Therefore, we recommend renting a kimono. With a rental kimono, you can choose your favorite kimono for each season from a large selection of well-maintained kimonos and enjoy your outings.

At Waplus Kyoto, we offer a wide variety of carefully selected stylish kimonos, including new products, brand-name kimonos, retro-modern kimonos, and antique kimonos! Of course, you can choose a kimono with a pattern that matches the season.

Waplus Kyoto has an extensive lineup of high-quality kimonos that can only be achieved because it is run by a high-end kimono store founded in 1981. In addition, you can choose all the kimono accessories you want, and we also offer hair arrangement services.

By sightseeing in Kyoto wearing a kimono that matches the season, you will be able to experience the charm of Kyoto even more in spring, summer, autumn, and winter. If you are planning to visit Kyoto in autumn in kimono, please contact Waplus Kyoto!

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Summary|Enjoy the autumn leaves of Kyoto with autumn kimono patterns!

So far, we have talked about the types of kimono patterns that match the seasons and the kimono patterns that are perfect for autumn.

In Kyoto in autumn, the leaves are turning red everywhere, and you can see trees turning red no matter where you walk. If you go sightseeing in Kyoto in autumn wearing a kimono with a kimono pattern suitable for autumn, you will surely enjoy the autumn leaves even more!

At Waplus Kyoto, we offer kimonos with a variety of styles, including modern, retro, Taisho romantic, elegant, girly, and cool. Therefore, you are sure to find a kimono you like among the kimono patterns that are perfect for autumn.

Be sure to check out Waplus Kyoto’s rental kimono list!

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Author of this article


Waplus Yasaka Shrine store staff

Ayana Ogawa

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I love spending time listening to customer requests and proposing kimono coordination and deciding on hair styles!
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