What happens when TOURISTS wear kimono【日本語CC】

sometimes emulating and admiring others
cultures can be taken too far and therefore seen as disrespectful whether
it was intended or not other cultures are cool but there’s a fine line between
appreciation and appropriate I think it’s really a leftist agenda to divide
us it’s accused of demeaning its culture Kim Kardashian is slammed for cultural appropriation *various news headlines about cultural appropriation* *various news headlines about cultural appropriation*
oh boy let’s get into it The issue of cultural appropriation has become a
controversial topic that sees a huge divide in opinions from around the world
it’s hard to have the discussion because you’re so afraid of somebody being
offended or not even knowing how you might offend somebody that’s when it
becomes a problem one culture that’s no exception to that is Japan there are
many different types of traditional clothing in Japan as the yukata hakama
happi hiyoko uchikake fundoshi, nemaki and Haori just to name a few but none of
them have become as famous overseas as the kimono kim kardashian announced her
new shapewear line called kimono oh no I I meant like actual kimono the
kimono dates as far back in history as 794 yes that is an actual year as a garnment made of straight cuts of fabric to suit a huge variety of
bodies it was worn by every Japanese person and it became an identifier to
make it obvious who was Japanese and who were foreigners you know in just in case
we didn’t stand out enough as it was in the Meiji period they changed the name
to kimono which literally just means thing to wear but they also encourage
people to wear more western style clothing as well they did this for a
number of reasons but the main reason was how long it took to put on so it
takes about 30 minutes or so to put it on so let’s get started
the 30 minutes it took to put on I count to ten individual pieces that went into
the final work and everything had a significant purpose Now when I say that it’s
difficult to put on I literally mean have a snack and some water before you
get started and then when it’s done good luck with doing so much just putting on
your socks because it is tight and now comes the difficult part of filming the
rest of the day whilst also dressing like this makes it very hard for you to bend
down and as if I don’t get stared at enough I’m gonna step out in a kimono
excellent ready for the stares so we have been such a huge culturally
significant piece of clothing you’d think that they’d want to keep it that
way right well yes they do kimono these days is basically only worn
to special events and formal functions and things like that but it’s also worn
for fun at things like festivals as kind of like a way to experience and
appreciate your own culture and just have fun with it and as far as I can tell
they want foreigners to do the same thing now for some people the question posed
in the title of this video is pretty obvious but in the crazy world that we
live in nowadays where people are trying not to offend another person while
they’re trying not to get cancelled I have seen the question pop up from a
couple of foreigners recently saying that they would like to come to Japan to
try on a kimono but they don’t want to be a part of Culture Appropriation so what is cultural
appropriation well to paraphrase Lindsey Ellis the term itself is actually
neutral it’s defined as the adoption of elements of one culture by members of
another culture so yes technically me wearing a kimono is a form of cultural
appropriation but please don’t spread the word because that term has got a
completely different meaning nowadays this is literally racist I say no to
inappropriate cultural appropriation if you a white girl don’t understand how
wearing a native headdress is inappropriate you need to read a book
educate yourself bitch this this is not cute or funny it’s racist and culturally
appropriate, CA is part of the cultural homogenization and eventually extinction, Halloween
is nearly here and picking a costume can be tricky, this is disrespectful you can’t walk
around acting like it’s a fashion statement Aussie cultural appropriation and y’all still
stan her okay this one literally doesn’t make any sense I don’t know what
is like culturally Australian about her outfit unless it’s the trousers? but maybe
they’re talking about the kangaroo I don’t know quite honestly the further I
dive into this topic the more I realize how complex it is there’s a reason that
no one can seem to agree on this topic and that’s because there’s no way to
simplify it this video could be an hour long and we’d still have no definitive
answer I do think though that there’s a lot to be said about the people involved
the context and the intent behind it but even then that’s no formula for an
agreeable answer so instead of trying and failing to understand and explain
what is okay and what isn’t in terms of cultural appropriation in the context of
the world although feel free to discuss that in the comments instead I’m just
going to focus on this video’s topic what do Japanese people think about
foreigners wearing kimono I think it’s really beautiful! you don’t feel any kind
of like like disrespect or anything like that? no not at all by that I think it’s
a little bit complicated for foreigners to wear the kimono they should have
someone who knows how to put it on So that they can wear it properly?
yeah right right right
So for non-Japanese people trying Japanese culture it’s really
nice thing I love it but if they kind of well you know wear it some
different way I wanna let them know like well that’s a bit different Do you know anyone who doesn’t like foreigners wearing Kimono? to say that they also aren’t some
Japanese people whose opinions differ from these however they would almost
certainly be the exception not the rule so far as I can tell from what I’ve
learned from asking my friends and things like that about issues that
people may have with foreigners wearing kimono is if they’re wearing it
incorrectly literally just like two minutes ago
I was setting up my camera there and then a Japanese lady walked
past and kind of kind of without even asking she just came up behind me and
said sumimasen, chotto naoshimasu ne like I guess I may have
like crushed a little bit when I was in the taxi the taxi so do you feel as though the
only time that people really care about it is if it’s worn incorrectly or one
without enough care to kind of give justice to the beautiful piece of
significant clothing that it actually is so both the times that have won the
kimono and all of many many many times that I’ve won yukata I’ve never never
ever never ever ever ever have I ever received any kind of negative remark not
even so much as like a an unhappy face looked in my direction and often
Japanese people want to want to try and get photos with me wearing it or
something like that and I think that it is because for Japanese people to wear
kimono is to experience and appreciate their culture and when they see a
foreign are doing the same thing that’s what it is I can’t speak for everybody’s
experiences like other people were any kimonos and things like that but even
for a lot of my foreign friends when they’ve won kimono your cuffs or
anything like that I’ve never even heard of any of them receiving any kind of
negative remarks from a Japanese person for wearing it which is why the Karli
Kloss kimono controversy shocked me when I first heard about it Vogue magazine
and supermodel Karlie Kloss is once again under fire for a recent photo
shoot gone wrong photos inside the mag featured Karlie Kloss dressed as a
Geisha aka a traditional Japanese entertainer she wasn’t dressed like a Geisha what who
said that Karlie received so much criticism for being a white woman cast
in a Japanese theme spread that she was forced to release an apology via Twitter
so all of this backlash was for cultural appropriation but unsurprisingly the
people accusing her of it weren’t actually a part of the culture in
question it’s in this bag oh that’s white guilt right well we’ve all got a
bit of that so what a Japanese people have to say about it I’m Japanese but
this doesn’t make me angry if someone asks if this is authentic Japan I would
answer that it’s not but I don’t feel any insult I’m Japanese but I think this
is just odd work I don’t know why it matters this is beautiful next time why
don’t you try dressing as a Michael ninja samurai or general almost all
Japanese are pleased that foreigners are involved in Japanese culture most
Japanese people will just say it’s not discrimination please don’t say sorry I
like it it’s beautiful thank you for your interest in our culture these are
beautiful it feels really cool thank you for wearing it everyone’s too sensitive
about these things none of the people criticizing her a Japanese so why do
people that have nothing to do with it criticize her where is the racism are
you crazy I mean we could probably just end the video right there to be honest. so I’m not
making this video to speak on behalf of anyone or any culture and especially not
to just you know point my finger at people that accuse cultural
appropriation even when it’s not that’s not at all what my intention is and I’m
certainly not trying to oversimplify an issue that is inherently complex I am
making this video however for foreigners that are coming to Japan and they really
want to get involved in Japanese culture and they want to try on a kimono maybe
you go to a matsuri and a photo shoot have fun with their friends that kind of
thing it’s okay no one is going to think it’ll of you for trying to experience
and see Japanese culture I know that this is actually quite a serious topic
and a sensitive one for some people and some minorities and I certainly can’t
speak for you while your experiences I believe that me having lived in Japan
for about five years and actively doing my best to learn the language and about
the culture and the traditions and the people I truly believe that if Japan
held on to their traditions and their cultures and their and activist
gatekeepers saying like no this is this is just for Japanese people you don’t
get to experience this I really think that if that was the attitude that I
felt from the people when I came here I won I wouldn’t have felt as welcome as I
do in this country and too I wouldn’t have learned as much as I have learned
that’s one of the wonderful parts about being in this country is how open and
warm and welcoming all of the people are here and they really do love it when
foreigners try to appreciate their culture and want to learn more about it
and I’ve really believed that that kind of open attitude has helped me to come
to know what it truly means to appreciate a culture oh I’m sweating I
know if it’s because it’s like a hut and I’ve got ten layers on right now or if
it’s just because I gave my opinion for once on my channel Oh imagine thank you
so much for watching this video if you liked it give it a thumbs up wanna see
more subscribe I would love to hear what your experiences are maybe not
necessarily about you know foreigners in Japan in kimono but you know the
cultures or you know what it’s like in your country and that kind of thing
it’s a super interesting topic it’s like a really big conversation starter that I
actually like really like having this kind of conversation with people in
person you know I’m such a crowd pleaser that been said only that’s the end of
the video thanks for watching guys Look at it, look at it! and the sleeves act as like a giant
pocket it’s amazing my phone is in here So pretty! You know what, I feel like? I feel like kylo Ren in Star Wars and he’s just turns around like *BOOM* just like like thick as a fridge. Haha that’s how I feel like
kylo Ren good job Hannah nice

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