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Sunday April 11, 2010

Nao

roppongi, tokyo
Wafu
SPRING 2010, girls
JAPANESE STREETS

STUDENT, 22

Style: Wafu/Graduation

Kimono – N/A
Hakama – N/A
Boots – N/A

Visitor to the IN-PROCESS BY HALL OHARA show at the Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo

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Everything is perfect, but why those shoes??!

gionbaby
Apr 11, 2010 (2599 days ago)

@gionbaby: During the Meiji Period (1868-1912) it became common to combine kimono and Western boots. Also a new outfit for young women was born during this period, it is the outfit that Nao is wearing here. Until the Meiji Period, Hakama were actually mostly an item for men. Since then kimono, hakama and boots are seen as a set. Nao’s boots actually look a bit similar to the ones worn during the Meiji Period. Would you be interested in seeing some photos of Japanese fashion of yesteryear? I think I may have some nice ones in my collection of photos of Japan between the 1860s and 1930s.

Kjeld Duits
Apr 11, 2010 (2599 days ago)

@gionbaby: Actually, it was freezing and raining hard on that day! She told me that it was almost crazy if she wore “tabi” instead of the boots.

@kjeld: Wow, I didn’t know that. It’s very interesting and I adore the fashion of Meiji. Personally, I think that Japanese and Western styles were well mixed then. (like 70% Japanese, 30% Western, I’m guessing)

Marie Sasago
Apr 11, 2010 (2599 days ago)

@Marie: Actually during the Meiji period, men quickly switched to Western fashion. Especially if they worked in a Western style office setting (government offices, schools, trading companies). But Western style clothing was very uncomfortable for Japanese houses as people sit on the floor, so at home even men wore Japanese clothing.

Women initially also started to wear Western clothing. Especially those of higher classes. They attended Western style balls at the famous Rokumeikan. But this trend quickly reversed and women returned to Japanese clothing. There were several reasons for that. One of them was practical. Western style women’s clothing was incredibly uncomfortable and impossible for Japanese homes (you try sitting on the floor and standing up gracefully wearing a tight corset), so women were forced to keep two wardrobes. Very few people could afford that.

When Japanese style housing started to fade away, Japanese style fashion faded with it.

Kjeld Duits
Apr 11, 2010 (2599 days ago)

cute !

Tofu
Apr 11, 2010 (2598 days ago)

Did you happen to ask her what school she was graduating from?

Sierra
Apr 14, 2010 (2595 days ago)

@Tofu: She has a great traditional Japanese style, doesn’t she? :) By the way, your blog is very classic!

@Sierra: I’m afraid we didn’t talk about her school. I checked out your website but are you interested in authentic Japanese culture? I enjoyed your articles, Sierra!

Marie Sasago
Apr 15, 2010 (2595 days ago)

Oh darn! She has a unique kimono so I thought maybe she belongs to an art school hehe, i was curious :p Oh yes, I’m learning yakimono now :) Hopefully next year I’ll have a show in Tokyo, when I do please come :D

Sierra
Apr 16, 2010 (2594 days ago)

@Marie: I saw some of Sierra’s artwork several years ago before she started with yakimono. It was really cool, so her Tokyo yakimono show should be extremely interesting.

Kjeld Duits
Apr 16, 2010 (2594 days ago)

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