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Kimono is Japan's ethnic costume. While everyday wear is now western clothing, seeing people in kimono walking on the streets was a normal sight until the 1920's-1930's. Kimono could be passed down for several generations; for example, a mother would pass it to her daughter when she got married. Additionally, the kimono would be altered or dyed over to refresh it.
With kimono, body temperature can be adjusted by adding or removing layers, and sleeves can also be widened to improve breathability. This ingenious clothing matches Japan's climate of high temperature, high humidity, and four dramatically different seasons.