oh yes, pink helmet... i think i can give it a shot this week ! He will look so adorable with it...
And yes, my Dad has such a magnificent mustache.... i've never seen my Dad without a mustache.
What percentage of Japanese wear kimono? Is it still a tradition that is passed down? I would hate to see such things "die out" over time.
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Yukata is a little easier and there are a lot of people who can do it by themselves - you see a lot of little kids, young adults, and adults going out in yukata for summer events such as firework festivals. When it comes to kimono, more often than not people hire professional stylist to put on kimono for very special occasions. Here's some examples when Japanese people wear kimono....
Usually little girls wear kimono and boys wear hakama to visit local shrines for their Shichigosan event (a gala day for children of three, five and seven years of age). Japanese local municipalities hold coming-of-the age event for young adults of 20. Then majority of females wear kimono (in particular furisode style with long sleeves), and some males wear hakama for the event. Also it's very common to wear hakama (specifically made for females) among females. Also, you have a better chance of finding females wearing kimono on the new year day since it's a big and very important day in Japanese culture.
Yes, I'm very strong advocate for kimono! It's a genius and beautiful design our ancestors came up with... They last very long time and can be recycled in such clever ways. Japanese kimono design was way ahead of time in terms its practicality and eco-friendliness, as well as the style... I love it!
One interesting fact - Kimono will look better on someone who is not that skinny. You need to have some roundness to your figure... When I had stylists put on kimono for me for my coming-of-the age event, I had 3 huge bath towels around my sholders, and 1 towel for my belly. It looked much better that way, and also kimono sits more comfortably that way....
Can someone who is not Japanese wear kimono, or would it be considered disrespectful?
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