Although society is advancing forward, it's a relief that traditional clothes like the Japanese kimono are still worn in this day in age. It's an ancient look in a modern day Japan! Kimono create elegant beauties out of girls, but a kimono can be quite difficult to take care of and put on due to the rules involved with wearing kimono.
Due to the difficulties, many girls in Japan wear kimono only for certain occasions like festivals, weddings, and coming of age ceremonies, there are still women in Japan who choose to wear kimono everyday! Just like in Japan, girls who wear kimono regularly in anime are rare, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Now, let's check out the top anime girls in kimono!
10. Chieko (Kuragehime)
- Episodes: 2011
- Aired: October 2010 - December 2010
Kurashita Tsukimi lives in an apartment complex that is females only. Tsukimi is obsessed with jellyfish and her friends who live at the dorm also have their own nerdy obsessions so they all get along in what they call the "Sisterhood". Tsukimi's life takes a turn when she meets Kuranosuke, a beautiful woman who is not as she seems.
Don't count Chieko out just because she's a little strange! Chieko takes her kimono seriously and wears one on a daily basis, keeping in mind to take proper care of them. Unlike her other sisterhood sisters, Chieko acts as the resident "onee-san" and can be quite civil for the most part, though sometimes she just comes off as creepy with her love of disturbing dolls and the like. Regardless, Chieko pulls off the traditional wear just nicely and shows that she is the mature one amongst her sisterhood. Maybe the kimono makes the girl?
9. Kasumi Fuu (Samurai Champloo)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: May 2004 - March 2005
Mugen is a wild card while Jin is a quiet but strict ronin. These two cross paths when Fuu saves them from being executed for fighting, but she didn't save them for free! She wants them to help her find the samurai who smells of sunflowers. Now, they set off on a journey, but hopefully they don't kill each other first.
You know how I said maybe the kimono makes the girl? Yeah, well, Fuu demolishes that idea. Like her rowdy cohorts, Fuu tends to make a mess of things no matter what, but you have to love her! Fuu is the balance between Mugen and Jin, yet that doesn't mean she's the level headed one. Fuu has shown herself to be quite the glutton and fool when it comes to love. She also gets herself into more trouble than not, but that's just what makes her a fun kimono girl, don't you think?
8. Rin (Inuyasha)
- Episodes: 167
- Aired: October 2000 - September 2004
Higurashi Kagome is just an ordinary high school girl who ends up being dragged into a cursed well by a demon. Kagome is surprised to find herself 500 years in the past during the Sengoku period with the Shikon Jewel inside of her. The sacred jewel shatters after battling a demon so Kagome must work with Inuyasha, a half dog demon half human, to collect the shards before they fall in the wrong hands.
Who could forget the little jewel that is Rin from Inuyasha? Rin is a little orphan girl who often wears a kimono and travels by Sesshomaru's side. She's got a childlike innocence despite all the grief she has been through and will always risk her life to save the lives of others. While Rin has no special powers unlike many of the main characters of Inuyasha, she has something special within her that allows her to change the lives of people like Sesshomaru. Rin is a darling little kimono girl with a big heart that you can't help but fall in love with.
7. Chihaya (Chihayafuru!)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2011 - March 2012
Ayase Chihaya fell for the world of Karuta when she made friends with a boy in her class, Wataya Arata. Together with her friend Mashima Taichi, they played karuta as a team before Arata had to leave town, forming an unbreakable bond. Years later, Chihaya is still set on playing karuta as a team with her friends so she sets off to start a karuta club at her school!
Chihaya is one beautiful kimono girl who has more interest in karuta than she does for her own well being. Chihaya is a crack up, though, because of her own single minded determination. She's hell bent on getting better and advancing forward, which sometimes seems to cloud her own judgement. Although Chihaya really doesn't have the right mannerisms for wearing kimono, she does wear it well and it gives her an air of elegance to the surprise of those around her. Just don't underestimate Chihaya because she will swipe every card right from under your nose! She's a fierce one, but that's what makes her a fun heroine!
6. Temari (Shugo Chara!)
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: October 2007 - September 2008
Hinamori Amu has a reputation for being "cool and spicy" but in reality, she's really shy and loves cute things! Upon making a wish to be more open, Amu wakes up to find there are 3 colorful eggs in her bed, which hatch to reveal Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Su. With the help of these Guardian Characters, Amu's personality changes and she finds herself joining the student council to seal the X eggs!
Meet little Temari, Nadeshiko's Guardian Character and Shugo Chara's kimono girl! Much like her kimono suggests, Temari is a well-mannered and elegant character with a talent for traditional Japanese dance. Temari is a cute little Guardian Character with Nadeshiko's best interests in mind. Just don't make her angry because Temari can be quite vicious.
5. Kamazuki Suzuno (Hataraku Maou-sama!)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2013 - June 2013
The Devil King, Sadao, is on the verge of conquering the world when Hero Emilia defeats him. Sadao ends up going to another world: Tokyo! The desire to conquer the world still runs in his blood so he has decided to conquer this new world, but first he must work at a fast food restaurant to survive!
Suzuno is an adorable one who accidentally ended up being an anime kimono girl due to her studying about Japan from historical dramas, but the kimono look really does suit her! Suzuno is the serious type with a talent for assassination, so watch out for her! She'll cut you down fairly quickly. You'd never know that she was an executioner of the Inquisition. Yeah, Suzuno is not someone you want to take lightly...
4. Sumeragi Kaguya (Code Geass: Hangyaku no lelouch R2)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2008 - September 2008
It's been a year since the "The Black Rebellion" and the Black Knights have gone underground after the execution of their leader, Zero. Britannia has increased the oppression of the Japanese while the Britannians in Area 11 are at peace once more. One day, a Britannian student skips school to gamble in a game of chess, but it appears he is being followed by certain forces. It is on this auspicious day that is memories are unlocked and Zero returns to once more bring about the rebellion!
Young Sumeragi Kaguya is an interesting girl who seems to live with the dream of being Zero's wife, while also realistically accepting the fact that Zero may be one who harem. Aside from that, she's a strong willed young woman with greater charisma than most of the members of Black Knights. Kaguya may be young, but that doesn't mean she can't hold her own as the headmistress of her family and fellow rebel.
3. Sakuraba Aoi (Ai Yori Aoshi)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 2002 - September 2002
Hanabishi Kaoru comes across a beautiful girl in a kimono who looks bewildered at the train station. He offers to help her find her way, which in fact turns out to be in the direction of his own home. When they arrive at the address she is looking for, the kimono girl is devastated to find out that it is now an empty lot. At Kaoru's home, the kimono girl shows him a picture of a boy she is looking for which in fact turns out to be Kaoru! The kimono girls turns out to be Sakuraba Aoi, his arranged fiancee!
Not many seem to follow the rules of wearing a kimono the way Aoi does. Aoi holds herself properly as the daughter of the Sakuraba family and makes sure she behaves in a way that is befitting someone of her stature and dress. Although Aoi is quieter than the other girls around Kaoru, you can clearly see who holds the favor in Kaoru's heart making her the clear winner in this harem! You will adore the adorable dandere kimono girl that is Aoi in this ecchi classic!
2. Kamiya Kaoru (Rurouni Kenshin)
- Episodes: 94
- Aired: January 1996 - September 1998
Himura Kenshin appears very upbeat and sunny, however in reality, Kenshin has a dark past as an assassin during the Meiji restoration. Kenshin is now in Tokyo where he befriends a female kendo master and other friends who will help him to fight off the enemies from his past.
You just can't forget one of the first anime to introduce the west to kimono! Kaoru is a headstrong kendo master that is not to be taken lightly. She's skilled, spunky, and passionate about her dreams, but Kaoru also has a heart of gold. She's no damsel in distress, which makes her the perfect partner for Kenshin. It's really no wonder why Kaoru made it on the list of top 10 anime girls in kimono! Kaoru's a kimono girl like no other!
1. Uka-no-Mitama-no-kami (Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha)
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: January 2014 - March 2014
Fushimi Inari is an ordinary, shy middle school girl who cannot express her feelings for her crush Tanbabashi. One day Inari saves a kitsune pup and is given one wish to be granted by Uka-no-Mitama-no-kami. Inari asks for the ability to change her form which actually changes everything in her life.
No one is more befitting #1 on the list of anime girls in kimono than our very own Uka-no-Mitama-no-kami from Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. Uka is a sensitive soul with a great love of humans that seems to be lost amongst the other deities. She cares very much, even when it puts her own life in danger. That's not all, though! Uka is a hilarious deity with a love of video games, watching humans, and eating delicious foods. Let's not forget that Uka is amongst the most powerful of deities. Combined with her elegant beauty, it's no wonder Uka is so popular! She's a charmer like no other. That's what makes Uka the top of this list of anime kimono girls!
Kimono are often shown in anime, but how often do you see a character who wears a kimono regularly? It's a dress that appears elegant and beautiful, a wonderful piece of Japanese history in a gown. While kimono wearing may be strict, each anime girl gives their own personality to each kimono. With that being said, are there any other anime kimono girls out there that you guys love?