Saturday, August 07, 2004

Edogawa Hanabi

Now I know what a crowd of 1.4 million people looks like.

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At 11:09 AM, Blogger teenah said...

you have seen a million hanabis by now.

i don't know, i am somehow detered from seeing them. i can't stand to see the modern girls in yukatas; they look so fake with the dyed orange hair and fake eyelashes. i love yukatas too but worn in a traditional way with the traditional mannerisms..

At 4:36 PM, Blogger David said...

I don't go to hanabis to see the fireworks or the women, I go because for some reason the MIT-Japan people keep planning them (Ian, Hiro, etc.).

You're right, I have seen a lot of modern girls in yukatas by now, but 90% of them don't have fake dyed hair, fake eyelashes, or anything else fake. Their obis, as far as I know, are tied the right way, and the yukata is worn the right way (honestly, I don't see a way anybody can mess up actually wearing a yukata, it's not really rocket science; only the bow is hard, as it can be tied a million ways).

As for traditional mannerisms....I think that it would actually be even more fake for a modern Tokyo girl to act like she was from the 1500s and pretend to be somebody who she's not. I think it's terrific that the modern girls even still respect yukatas, as you would never find a girl in the States wearing oldschool "traditional American" dresses (e.g. corsettes, colonial dresses, etc.). As a matter of fact, I think it's a cool sight to see a yukata wearing girl playing a video game on her cellphone, because the image is a harmony of "old meets new" and I feel that not only does this not disrespect the traditional Japanese heritage, but that it embodies the meaning of being Japanese even more.


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