WHAT'S YOUR CONNECTION?: New Waves in the Kimono Experience *RERUN
This time, Indian listener Subhash Chakraborty asks, "Do Japanese people wear traditional clothes like kimono? In what kinds of situations do people wear kimono?" Our reporter is Bengali broadcasting announcer Kanika Bhowmik from Bangladesh. She visits a kimono specialty shop where she reports about occasions when Japanese people wear kimono and learns to wear them. Then Kanika visits a shop where you can rent and get assistance in wearing kimono. This is very popular among foreign visitors. Finally, she meets a young woman who enjoys kimono in new ways and introduces new trends in wearing kimono.
Stage actress Sora Okumura is among the younger generation enjoying kimono as casual wear
Sora Okumura talks about coordinating kimono with Western clothing
Reporter Kanika looks at Tan-mono kimono fabric sold at a specialty kimono shop
Many Japanese wear kimono for rites of passage: the Seven-Five-Three Celebration, Coming-of-Age Day and marriage ceremonies