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Kimono Girl

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Ken Sugimori's artwork of Kimono Girl

A Kimono Girl (Japanese: まいこはん Apprentice Geisha) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation II games. They appear as young women dressed in kimonos.

In the games

Generation II

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, five Kimono Girls live in Ecruteak City, and can be battled at the Ecruteak Dancing Hall. Each holds one Pokémon, which, when combined, contain all of Eevee's known evolutions at the time. For some reason, in most localizations, they were given different, but still Japanese, names.

Trainer Pokémon
Kimono Girl Naoko
Kimono Girl Naoko
コウメ Koume
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136 Flareon Lv.17
No item
Kimono Girl Sayo
Kimono Girl Sayo
サクラ Sakura
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196 Espeon Lv.17
No item
Kimono Girl Zuki
Kimono Girl Zuki
タマオ Tamao
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197 Umbreon Lv.17
No item
Kimono Girl Kuni
Kimono Girl Kuni
スモモ Sumomo
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134 Vaporeon Lv.17
No item
Kimono Girl Miki
Kimono Girl Miki
サツキ Satsuki
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135 Jolteon Lv.17
No item
Trainers with a Vs. Seeker by their names, when alerted for a rematch using the item, may use higher-level Pokémon.

Bill's mother was once a Kimono Girl.

Kimono Girls have been seen in the Battle Tower.


"You have lovely Pokémon. May I see them in battle?"
"Oh, you are very strong."
"I always dance with my Pokémon. Of course, I also train them."
"Oh, so close! I almost had you."
"Isn’t my barrette pretty? Oh. A Pokémon Battle?"
"I don’t have any Pokémon left…"
"Oh, you’re a cute trainer. Would you like to battle?"
"You’re stronger than you look."
"Do you like my dancing? I’m good at Pokémon too."
"Ooh, you’re good at Pokémon too."

Generation IV

File:HGSS Kimono Girl.png
Sprite in Generation IV

Much like other Generation II characters, the Kimono Girls made an appearance in their Generation IV remakes, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Instead of being restricted to their dance hall in Ecruteak City, however, they will appear elsewhere, such as in Ilex Forest, Violet City and the Ice Path. A Team Rocket grunt also appears in their hall in Ecruteak, where he commented on one of their dancing routines, so the player has to battle him. In order to encounter Ho-Oh in HeartGold and Lugia in SoulSilver, which is a requirement before battling the Elite Four, players must earn all 8 badges and talk to Prof. Elm, then the player must go to the dance hall and battle all 5 kimono Girls Consecutively.

In the anime

The Kimono Sisters in the anime, talking with
Left to right: Sumomo (in green), Tamao, Satsuki, Koume.
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The Kimono Sisters in street clothes. Left to right: Koume, Satsuki, Sumomo, Tamao

The Kimono Girls (called the Kimono Sisters in the anime) were featured in two episodes, Trouble's Brewing and Espeon, Not Included.

In Trouble's Brewing, right after Ash's win at the Ecruteak Gym, the gang bump into Sakura, who takes them to the tea ceremony her sisters are running when they ask where it was being held. Sumomo is the first sister they meet, greeting them formally. Tamao is seen next, demonstrating flower arranging to a small audience. Later, they pass by the lone Koume playing her shamisen. Finally, they are treated to a quiet display of the art of tea making and drinking by Satsuki. Needless to say, Brock is entranced by them all, and grows frightened when they're all together and call him out on his praise (this also happens early on in Espeon, Not Included).

The sisters are skilled trainers as well as tradition keepers. Upon proposing a challenge to the trio to battle for Sakura to join them, Sumomo and Satsuki both display their Vaporeon's and Jolteon's abilities against Misty's Poliwhirl and Ash's Pikachu respectively. Vaporeon defeats Poliwhirl and Pikachu defeats Jolteon, but the latter only after Team Rocket's interruption.

When Sakura changes her mind about leaving at that time, Satsuki admits that she and the other three aren't against Sakura leaving to begin her journey, only that they want her to not be dependent on others when she finally does.

In Espeon, Not Included, the four elder sisters aren't focused on much, however they were tricked by Team Rocket into handing over their Pokémon for dancing lessons. With the help of Sakura's Eevee, now an Espeon, the other four evolutions are rescued, and the episode ends with the sisters wishing Sakura well on her journey.



Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese Sakura: 國府田マリ子 Mariko Kōda
Koume: かないみか Mika Kanai
Satsuki: 冬馬由美 Yumi Tōma
Sumomo: こおろぎさとみ Satomi Kōrogi
Tamao: 愛河里花子 Rikako Aikawa
English Sakura: Kerry Williams
Koume: Tara Jayne
Satsuki: Lisa Ortiz
Sumomo: Kayzie Rogers
Tamao: Megan Hollingshead


Japanese Romaji* English French German
Italian Spanish Korean Chinese (Taiwan)
スモモ Sumomo Kuni Michiyo Wilma Andrea Maki Zoe 태희 Taehui 桃桃 Táo Táo
サツキ Satsuki Miki Sayaka Lore Christine Keko Kim 난주 Nanju 五月 Wǔ Yuè
コウメ Koume Naoko Eri Edith Nicole Yuki Isa 수정 Sujeong 小梅 Xiǎo Méi
サクラ Sakura Sayo Yumiko Keiko Sakura Sayo Bea 예솔 Yesol 櫻花 Yīng Huā
タマオ Tamao Zuki Keiko Linda Carina Kana Ico 옥희 Okhui 玉緒 Yù Xù


  • Kuni's Japanese name is the same as that of the Veilstone City Gym Leader Maylene in Sinnoh.
  • In two languages, the name Keiko was used for different Kimono Girls.
  • Both of the anime episodes all of the Kimono Girls appeared in were animated by Masaaki Iwane.

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