hamsa t shirt

crepes-are-tasty  asked:

I KNOW people in Japan don't wear kimonos to school. It's uniforms over there. I KNOW that it's not everyday wear; it's for special occasions and festivals and things. It USED to be everyday wear. I probably should've used an example like a sari or dashiki but I mentioned kimonos because the point is that they have no big religious significance to get! It's about white People being celebrated for being cultured while POC are shamed for doing the same things

Literally no kid is going to get “celebrated” for wearing a kimono to school white or otherwise.  What magical land do you live in?

The reactions are either going to be “Oh cool!” “WTF?” or “Whatever” no matter if the kid is Japanese or Whitey McWhitebread.  

And the kimono is a bad example for more than the fact that it is not everyday- wear.  Japanese people have REPEATEDLY said that they appreciate foreigners trying traditional Japanese clothing:

Cultural appropriation is the misuse of a culturally or religiously significant item or symbol in a way which lead to it being cheapened, degraded, or misrepresented. 

Actual examples include: 

  • Non-indigenous people playing “dress up” as Native Americans or using war bonnets as “fashion.” 
  • Using the deities of a closed religion outside their appropriate context.
  • Hipsters putting Hamsas on mass market t-shirts. 
  • “Gypsy” costumes. (not to even mention the ethnic slur issue)
  • The whole “Navajo” Urban Outfitters debacle.
  • I would argue that you could reasonably include bindis used as “hipster” fashion accessories.
  • Really anything that makes a “fashion statement” of a culturally significant or sacred practice (ie: something that, to the culture it came from, is MORE than just a piece of clothing or jewelry) or uses a practice or symbol it in a willfully misinformed or mocking way.

Another post on the subject.

And another.

Some more.

Here is one responded to by Japanese and Japanese Americans specifically about a white little girl in a kimono.

-Bnei Anusim Mod