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  • 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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    Mayu Okuuchi posted on 2020/01/22
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