Thursday, July 26, 2012

Common Thoughts/Myths/Misconceptions About Kimono

For the sake of discussion (and possible future ramblings on here), what are some common thoughts/myths/misconceptions/ideas about kimono that you have run into? They can be things you used to think before you learned more about kimono, things you run into when you try to talk to people about kimono, things you read on the internet, etc. Here are some I came up with off the top of my head:

  • Satin bathrobes or other kimono-shaped garments are authentic kimono
  • Kimono are always expensive. You can buy a kimono or buy a car, but probably not both.
  • It is difficult or impossible to buy a kimono if you aren't in Japan
  • Kimono are only for women. Japanese men's clothing must have another name
  • Only geisha wear kimono, so anyone in a kimono must be a geisha
  • White geisha-style makeup is the only kind of makeup worn with kimono
  • Nobody (except geisha) wears kimono anymore
  • You can wear a kimono however you want, there are no rules for wearing it
  • Kimono are Chinese/Korean/insert any Asian culture but Japanese here
  • Those "geisha" costumes sold at Halloween are an accurate representation of the authentic kimono look
  • Chopsticks stuck in a bun are an awesome, authentic, and total Japanese way to wear your hair, especially if you're wearing a kimono

Anything else important?

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