Kimono show

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Mar 16 2014

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Category: Asia, Japan

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Judging from the number of spectators at the Kimono show on the photo, we can infer that people, including the younger generation, remain intrigued by this classical Japanese dress.
(See also last week’s post.)
That’s interesting, since it is an attire that conceals more than we are used to these days: except for head and hands the whole body is covered in cloth.

I wonder if a lady in kimono is meant to show off the beauty of the dress, or if the kimono is supposed to reveal the beauty of the lady.
I think it’s primarily the first. She may be blessed with shapely legs, a slender waist, an attractive bosom, ….. but the kimono betrays none of these qualities. Still, a pretty woman in a beautiful kimono, with a broad, colourful obi (sash), and an artistic musubi (knot) at the back, is a feast for the eyes, a true work of art.

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We admire the fully enveloped, sensitive appearance, while the enveloped female figure itself remains an enigma. Maybe that’s what keeps intriguing us after all.

Photos of the week: Nishijin Textile Centre, Kyoto, Japan 2008

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