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What do Japanese people wear?

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lottieandmia · 24/06/2013 20:08

Dd (aged 9) came home from school with this question to answer. So I told her to write that Japanese people wear what we wear (a quick google to show this confirmed this to her)

However, it seems the teacher was after a different answer involving some elaborate costume. AIBU to think this is not a good approach?

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ParadiseChick · 24/06/2013 20:09

Normal clothes?


Bobyan · 24/06/2013 20:10



lottieandmia · 24/06/2013 20:10

Did you read my OP?? That was my point.

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bulby · 24/06/2013 20:11

Is she looking for kimono? Not worn day to day though!


TVTonight · 24/06/2013 20:11

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PoppyWearer · 24/06/2013 20:11

at Superdry. Grin


Exogenesis · 24/06/2013 20:11

kimono Grin


FourEyesGood · 24/06/2013 20:13

YANBU. Japanese people wear jeans, T-shirts, suits, dresses, skirts, etc. The teacher should have asked your DD to research the traditional dress if she wanted the kind of answer that I expect s/he was after.


raisah · 24/06/2013 20:13

Kimono robes, they are formal ceremonial robes worn mainly for formal occasions.

I am surprised kimono robes didnt come up in your google search.


FoundAChopinLizt · 24/06/2013 20:14

I would find a picture of a Morris Dancer, a kimono wearing Japanese person, a kilt wearing Scotsman and a bicycle riding baguette carrying onion selling French man and put it all on the same page labelled

Stereotypical national dress.


ZZZenagain · 24/06/2013 20:15

did the teacher mean Japanese school children? If so, surely similar uniforms to Uk


Bobyan · 24/06/2013 20:15

poppy at least you get me Grin !


heidihole · 24/06/2013 20:15

Kimono robes. I cannot believe that didn't come up in a search Hmm


KatieScarlett2833 · 24/06/2013 20:15

My Japanese next door neighbour is sporting nice jeans, a pretty top, a pink cardigan and ballerina pumps today.


heidihole · 24/06/2013 20:15

I just love when the professionally offended come out...


lottieandmia · 24/06/2013 20:15

Exactly FourEyes - but she didn't say this. I think she should have.

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ChippyMinton · 24/06/2013 20:16

Plenty of 'kooky' girls in London - hats, brogues, short skirts and little handbags in bright colours. And plenty of tourists in navy blazers. No kimonos.


lottieandmia · 24/06/2013 20:18

yes I'm familiar with the kind of people who use the term 'professionally offended'

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TeWiSavesTheDay · 24/06/2013 20:18

They don't actually wear kimono robes day to day though do they? If the teacher wanted to know about traditional dress that's what they should have asked.


NotYoMomma · 24/06/2013 20:19

Google Harajuku :D

It's awesome there


AmyFarrahFowlerCooper · 24/06/2013 20:20

Yeah, I think she probably meant traditional clothes too so I'd plump for kimono. Or actually, I'd put that they wear clothes that we wear on a day to day and then for traditional events etc they wear kimono.

And just to spoil the joke, superdry is an English brand with bad Japanese on it so they don't wear it much in Japan!


TeWiSavesTheDay · 24/06/2013 20:21

I suppose if it was meant to be a long task your DD could have described a few different types of current Japanese fashion and also briefly mentioned traditional dress, which would make the same point in a slightly more teacher pleasing way.


ThinkAboutItTomorrow · 24/06/2013 20:21

Google cos play and send DD in with some pictures!


CaterpillarCara · 24/06/2013 20:22


The teacher should have asked about national / ceremonial dress if she wanted another answer.

Depending on if this is a quick or long project, you could write an answer covering:

  • every day (like us!)
  • ceremonial (you could touch on when this is worn, e.g. the shichi-go-san festival for children turning 7, 5 and 3.) The weight of Princess Masako's wedding kimonos is also interesting
  • school uniform (quite interesting, they are usually modelled on European naval uniform: )
  • Japanese street fashion: Lolita fashion, dolly kei, mori girl...

lottieandmia · 24/06/2013 20:22

The thing is that the project is on Japan today - they all have to find out something. I think it's important to be able to do stuff like this without reinforcing stereotypes.

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