This picture was recently posted on the Mainichi Daily News webpage.
Now admittedly this photograph isn’t all that bad (or indeed very interesting), but for some reason I always feel awkward when I see gaijin in a kimono. Certainly a western gaijin anyway.
Maybe I’m old fashioned, or simply downright miserable, but for me a foreign face and a kimono are simply not the best combination. As outfits go, the kimono takes some beating, with its delicate beauty and ultra feminine style. But this somehow gets lost on a gaijin. Ending up looking more like a party costume than anything else. Which is a shame.