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6:52 pm - 01/28/2013

Girls’ Courtesan Kimonos Cause Coming of Age Controversy

(Woman on actual Coming of Age Day)

In Japan, the second Monday in January is a holiday known as ‘Seijin no hi’, or ‘Coming of Age Day’, when those who have reached the age of 20 in the past year celebrate the completion of their transition into adulthood with ‘seijin shiki’ [coming of age ceremonies].
Although the ceremony is usually held at a local government office, for many girls, preparing their hair and clothes for the event is of utmost importance. Usually, girls will wear a ‘furisode’ kimono, a style with long falling sleeves, that should only be worn by young, unmarried women. It often features bright floral patterns that represent the blossoming of youth.

This year, some girls from Shizuoka Prefecture have caused an online controversy by wearing furisode in an ‘oiran-style’, as popularised in some fashion magazines. The oiran were the high-class courtesans of Edo Japan, many of whom achieved celebrity during their lifetimes. Still, as the women were effectively prostitutes, netizens have reacted negatively to this new style, feeling it is inappropriate for a coming of age ceremony. As a result, the unsuspecting oiran-style girls are now at the centre of an online controversy.

Netizens Have Their Doubts About ‘Oiran-Style’ Furisode At Coming Of Age Ceremonies

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taylorniw 29th-Jan-2013 03:21 am (UTC)
Seems more like an issue of them not understanding the history of the style rather than going out with intent to offend. I know ignorance isn't an excuse, but it does seem like the reason here.
exdream1999 29th-Jan-2013 08:43 am (UTC)
Japanese youths know very well what an Oiran is, they are a huge part of Edo culture, especially in Ukiyo-e paintings and Kabuki plays.

Also, you have things like the moive/comic Sakuran, or even the comic/drama JIN that was a huge hit, that feature Oiran as main/prominent characters.

There's also my discussion about this topic with a high school Japanese teacher and some of the students after school about this.
johnnypenn 29th-Jan-2013 04:12 am (UTC)
I am just jealous all over. I love Kimonos and these styles are beautiful. I really want to wear one even though I am a Westerner and apparently not something to do unless one calls it cosplay. Whatever, I will one day. ;)
exdream1999 29th-Jan-2013 08:40 am (UTC)
You don't have to only wear a kimono, or a yukata, in a cosplay way if you're not Japanese. If there's a Japanese themed event going on near you that Japanese people would be wearing a kimono or yukata too, it's perfectly fine if you do to.

As long you know how to wear it properly, but even then, a lot of younger Japanese people go out with their kimono or yukata looking sloppy.
martinrosem 29th-Jan-2013 05:18 am (UTC)
They (interviewers I guess) should just have asked the girls straight up if the history behind the look doesn't bother them at all. It's obvious that it doesn't but it would have shot down "These ignorant fools..." comments and we could all move on to discussing today's youth's values yadah yadah yadah. ~_~
cuizy 29th-Jan-2013 06:53 am (UTC)
Haha exactly
fukkthedumbshyt It's their day29th-Jan-2013 05:25 am (UTC)
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dollhouse__x Re: It's their day30th-Jan-2013 04:02 am (UTC)
the person in your icon is beautiful. also it look me a while to realize the gif was donghae lol. so cute.
mizumi10 29th-Jan-2013 06:21 am (UTC)
the quote "your first impression is your last impression" comes into mind. my first impression of these young people who are only a year younger than me would have been disappointing assuming that they have become adults.

i get that this is their day, but i feel this is going over the top when you are suppose to be only not celebrating but i think as well showing to others that you are a responsible, professional, dignified adult ready for the world; not just looking cute in fashion.

but whatever makes them happy. :]
cuizy 29th-Jan-2013 06:56 am (UTC)
I do like the oiran's style. If I were Japanese I probably wouldn't wear it because I don't want to be associated with 'prostitute', but if it doesn't bother the girls or if they want to be associated as such it's all up to them. Different people have different ideas of what's moral anyways. Also it's not like their dress is very revealing or anything
exdream1999 29th-Jan-2013 07:16 am (UTC)
If these girls don't know what an oiran is, then they need to go back to high school and retake Japanese history!

By which I mean that, yes they are aware of what an oiran is. Oiran were considered idols back in the Edo period and most of those famous Ukiyo-e paintings people think of are geisha are actually of Oiran.

Fun fact: Women mimiced this fashion back when it started in the Edo period.

Edited at 2013-01-29 08:30 am (UTC)
ohprecioustime 29th-Jan-2013 07:39 am (UTC)

carlenne 29th-Jan-2013 07:46 am (UTC)
Lol, just what I was thinking of.
breathless31 29th-Jan-2013 07:45 am (UTC)
they're rocking it and look absolutely stunning. who the fuck cares?
carlenne 29th-Jan-2013 07:46 am (UTC)
Eh, whatever the past history of the clothing obviously they only wanted to wear it because they thought it looked nice and I agree. It looks interesting and a bit different, so if they want to wear it, why not?

And those netizen comments are just plain rude :p
jennyhime 29th-Jan-2013 07:53 am (UTC)
I think for a official event like Seijin no hi it's not appropriate to dress like a oiran. (Kyoto high class courtesans were called tayu)
Otherwise I actually think the oiran look is gorgeous and am a fan of the women in Kyoto who preserve the arts (Kisaragi tayu)
But I would never dream to official event dress like that, I always wear formal kimono and obi, if you want to be different go kimono hime style instead.
I didn't see any oiran styles when I was in Japan but I saw plenty of wasted 20 year olds puking their guts on the street wearing suits, dresses and furisode.
exdream1999 29th-Jan-2013 08:35 am (UTC)
Talking with my co-workers, wearing your kimino in a hime style is just as out there as dressing like an Oiran to them.

I was talking with them about this post and they were saying how they don't get girls coming with their hair piled up high and even some of the patterns on their kimono. Also, they said Oiran style is better than those mini-skirt yukata.
citrine047 29th-Jan-2013 07:54 am (UTC)
"ayamare! apologize to the oiran!"

lol, this!

i agree it is inappropriate. well since i've always gone for simplicity and class, i guess i'll never understand some girls' urge to spazz out like this
senshicalico 29th-Jan-2013 07:55 am (UTC)
lol this post.

why the fuck do we care.
helsings 29th-Jan-2013 08:03 am (UTC)
helsings 29th-Jan-2013 08:01 am (UTC)
In a highly religious country like the Philippines where I've been told off and once full on reprimanded for wearing things like pentagram necklaces or crucifix earrings, it doesn't deter me from still continuing to express myself. I'm not wearing it for the purpose of offending anyone, only because I find it interesting to wear as it goes with my personal style. Simple as that.

Though I can see and understand how people would get offended by what the girls chose to wear for such an important occasion, especially considering the history of it all, I still say: who cares? Let them wear what they want and let them express themselves. I'm pretty sure a lot of them are well aware of the history, and if they don't care, why should you? It's not like ALL the girls are wearing it. No one is telling you to focus on them anyway. If you don't like their choice of fashion for it, ignore them.

Don't get me wrong, sometimes I do get irritated when I see, for example, someone wearing something too garish or loud for a particular event or occasion, but eh, what can you do? Let them be and just move onto something else.

PS. I'd love to wear that kind of look if I could for my own coming of age day and idgaf.
inachan89 29th-Jan-2013 09:49 am (UTC)
The girl in the first pic looks pretty cool!!
Then again i wouldn't go for this kind of outfit myself
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