A hakama is one type of traditional Japanese attire. It has a long history, and it's told that the first hakama date back to the Kofun Period (250 to 538 AD).
There are many different kinds of hakama with different colors and shapes, but they can be generally divided into two groups: the ones with trousers, called umanori hakama (or horseback riding hakama) and the ones with skirts, called andon hakama (or lantern hakama).
Those used in martial arts, archery and kendo are usually umanori hakama, while the ones used for graduation ceremonies are andon hakama. At first glance, they might look pretty similar, but it's quite interesting to think that their shape varies according to their usage.
Today we collected a number of illustrations of girls wearing a hakama. Enjoy!