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Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.537

Today we would like to introduce about the questionnarie result regarding women in Japan and kimono.

It is from 2009, so it is not so new but the result shows how  women in Japan feel about kimono. The result is from a survey for women in their twenties to forties.

 

1. Can you wear a kimono for yourself?

2. How many times did you wear a kimono in the past one year?

3. In what occasion do you wear a kimono?

4. What made you decide to wear a kimono?

5. What are the things you want to know about kimono?

6. Do you wish to dress your children in kimono?(except special occasion as shichi go san gala)

7. What kind of impression do you have about kimono?

8. What are the good point wearing kimono and what are the bad points?

9. Who do you think look good in kimono?

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1. Can you wear a kimono for yourself?

Only 12 percent of  women answered they could wear kimono or yukata for themselves. 55 percent answered they cannot wear kimono for themselves, either kimono or yukata.

Yukata are a lot easier to wear but more than 50 percent answered, they cannot wear either kimono or yukata. 

 

2. How many times did you wear a kimono in the past one year?

16 percent of women wore kimono in the past one year, and approx 10 percent wore a kimono in the past three years. There are 5.5 percent of people who has never worn a kimono in their lives.

 

3. In what occasion do you wear a kimono?

Approx 40 percent wore a kimono for their own weddings. About 30 percent of people wore kimono to attend ceremony or wedding reception. Approx twenty percent of people are wearing kimono for learning Japanese traditional cultre such as ocha(the way of tea)of traditional Japanese dance and so on. 

 

4. What made you decide to wear a kimono?

 

*I saw my garndmother's kimono and thought they were so pretty and I liked to wear.

*Being invited to wedding reception, I noticed I could not wear a different dress for each reception. Kimono look gorgeous and excellent for guests to wear.

*I started to learn the way of tea and thought I should be able to wear  kimono for myself.

 

5. What are the things you want to know about kimono?

*How to dress properly without being messy 

*Rules and tradition about kimono dressing

*How to move gracefully in kimono

 

6. Do you wish to dress your children in kimono?(except special occasion as shichi go san gala)

 

More than 75 percent of people said they would like to dress their children in kimono in some occasion

(This questionnarie does not include kimono for shichi-go-san, the special gala day for children)

 

7. What kind of impression do you have about kimono?

 

*Kimono dressing is so hard and tricky

*Kimono costs  high

*Kimono needs a lot of care to store

*Kimono are gorgeous, graceful and pretty

 

8. What are the good point wearing kimono and what are the bad points?

 

 *Attending  a wedding in kimono made both families of bride and bradegroom so happy

*When going out in kimono, you can feel being treated so nicely

*You can feel you are getting attention, especially by men

*You can get discount for entrance fee or taxi in Kyoto

*You can act gracefully

 

 

9. Who do you think look good in kimono?(actresses)

 

Sayuri Yoshinaga

http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2126699804446724001

 

Reiko Taiashima

http://rokumonjiya.jp/img/topics/TOEI_CALENDER20091.jpg

 

Shima Iwasita

http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2126776041865776101

 

Rie Miyazawa

http://feature.madamefigaro.jp/cat746/viewer.html

 

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You can see, kimono are loved but the negative impression(kimono dressing is hard and complicated ) seems to make people stay away from wearing kimono. 

Still many people seem to enjoy wearing yukata(dressing is much easier, and yukata is much easier handling-they are cotton and can be washed at home)and also hoping to dress their children in kimono, so even though there is negative impression, the questionnarie concludes, with the price change and after care service or easier care development, kimono will survive and not to disappear.

 

If you visit Japan for the first time, you may be expecting to see many people in kimono walking in town but the reality is shown above. You can seldom see people in kimono in Japan.