The Japanese kimono may be beautiful but it is not practical. The tightly wrapped folds of fabric greatly restrict the women's movement. They can only take small steps while wearing a kimono.
Here a young girl has difficulty stepping over a board at the entrance of the shrine. It requires great balance. This Furisode style kimono is distinguishable by its elaborate colors, patterns and long sleeves. The girl holds the sleeves high so they will clear the board.