Hybrid Summer Fashion

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I wanted to dress up for the yukata festival in Nagahama, but even though I like the way summer kimono look, I really don't enjoy wearing them. They constrain my movement to mincing steps (or I face the consequences of flapping the bottom edges of the yukata and showing my legs) and geta - the traditional shoes - are so extraordinarily painful that I have vowed to never wear them again.

So I decided to make my own style. I cut an old yukata to tunic length and wore it with leggings. I tied my own obi and dressed it up with some flowers and cords. On top, traditional and pretty. On the bottom - freedom of movement!

I wasn't quite prepared for the reactions from passersby. In Tokyo, nobody would have looked at me twice - or if they did, it would have been discreet. In Nagahama, people gawked, pointed and laughed. Ouch.

A schoolgirl in sports uniform, leading a large team of similarly clad girls called back to them as we approached, "That's not Japanese! Look, that's not Japanese at all!" to which I replied - shouting across the intersection to her - "No, I'm not Japanese, am I?" in Japanese. She blanched and her friends tittered. Older ladies stopped me to ask if this was my original fashion. Yes, I told them, and it was so easy to walk in. They agreed with a smile. Some oddly coiffed teens looked askance at me, but I laughed because they were definitely more outlandish than I was. Maybe they will follow my trend for short yukata next summer in Nagahama.

After a while (and a few beers from the festival) I stopped noticing if people were looking and just enjoyed myself.

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Looks fabulous!

I think its FANTASTIC!

I really like it - looks WAY more comfortable than the usual yukuta.

this is the cutest idea!! i love that you shortened the yukata and the flower on the obi is super sweet. i'm not surprised that you got some looks but really? japan is so well-known for being leaders in fashion! the inaka needs to come into the 21st century.

You look so cute and it's so much more practical!

Some years ago, when I lived in west Japan, I saw teenagers hike their yukata up to miniskirt length and wear platform sandals. It's not so weird to experiment with yukata. Old is new again, eh?

I found this by accident but I really love what you did. It looks quite fashionable actually. Maybe I should do this too once I collect enough yukata.

This could be the next big fashion thing. = D

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