Authentic J-Women

"Authentic Japanese Women"

This isn't a title I would have ever written but for the irritation engendered by the West's endless fascination with Kimonos.  Kimonos look nice enough, but women hardly ever wear them due to expense and lack of practicality compared to more modern clothing.  In any event, what people in any country decide to wear is their choice, and the choice to not make daily use of the Japanese kimono in Japan is something the locals made many decades ago, and so I want to say to editors in the West:  "Hey you!  Come joint the 20th century, never mind the 21st... once you reach the 20th, it's only a short step to the 21st.  You guys are in some weird pre-20th century non-existent time frame with your fixation on kimonos."
     Phew!  I've been wanting to say that for some time, so it's nice to see it up there on the screen!

This picture, by the way, is of a coffee/souvenir shop at Mt. Takao, not far from the mountaintop side of the cable-car and chair lift.

                                   Copyright 2004 - Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon, Images Through Glass, Tokyo