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Q: Japanese Culture ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: Japanese Culture
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: kitramos-ga
List Price: $5.50
Posted: 08 Oct 2004 13:23 PDT
Expires: 07 Nov 2004 12:23 PST
Question ID: 412210
I want news article or documentary talking about Japan in some way,
that at least mentions Kimono's and/or Yukata's are Unisex (or worn by
men) that was written by a news source that is known not to be trying
to pass off a women?s only item as unisex.  Unless they actually are
women?s only items then I want notice of that.  Documentaries that
cover the topic are fine as well as long as they meet the criteria put
out for the news article.

The mention doesn't have to be big, just enough so that if a person
was to watch/read it they'd get the Idea.
Subject: Re: Japanese Culture
Answered By: kriswrite-ga on 08 Oct 2004 13:34 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello kitramos~

Here are several references that should meet your requirements:

?This form, influenced by the long unisex kimono worn in Asia, was the
main source for the shapes of the felt coats worn by Lear, Kent, and
Gloucester? The King Has Left the Building Part II, Entertainment

A well-respected historical costume site also says: ?All Japanese
clothing items are basically unisex, the gender (and age) difference
being expressed in fabric patterns and -colours, length and the shape
of the sleeves.  Kimono: Actually a rather general term, denoting
"clothing". (kiru=to wear, mono=thing) With the progress of "Western"
clothing it has, however, taken on the meaning of "Japanese clothing"
but does still neither refer to a certain item of clothing, nor does
it discriminate male and female clothing. ? ?Japanses Costume
Glossary,? Marquise:

Nourish Your Spirit adds: ?Most hotels in Japan have a public bath and
provide a  yukata (unisex cotton kimono) in every hotel room to wear
to the bathing area of the hotel.? ?Japanese Bath Ritual:?

Kind regards,

unisex Kimono history
Yukata unisex history
kitramos-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.50
Increadbly quick response.
and hit the nail right on the head.
the summary leading up to the links is also a great help.

Subject: Re: Japanese Culture
From: kriswrite-ga on 08 Oct 2004 17:44 PDT
Thank you for the great rating, and the tip :)

Subject: Re: Japanese Culture
From: kitramos-ga on 09 Oct 2004 10:58 PDT
well, you had posted the answer about as quickly as I could refresh
the page, usally it takes them a few days before I even get asked to
clarify anything.
and your answer was right on what I was looking for so it was
certinaly worth it to me.
Subject: Re: Japanese Culture
From: lysinger-ga on 10 Dec 2004 13:41 PST
While kimono and yukata are unisex, there are some differences in
kimono, specifically, that will tell you whether they are for men or
women.  Click here for some info and pictures (I am a collector and
seller of kimono):
Subject: Re: Japanese Culture
From: kitramos-ga on 10 Dec 2004 15:24 PST
I just looked and none of the piccys came up for me.

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