Manga Style

In common with all nations, Japan has defined dress codes for various professions and occasions. Here are just a few examples covering areas of life from religious clothing to manga styles.

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Manga Museum

This jolly bunch of shchool kids posed for us outside the manga Museum in Kyoto. They obviously enjoyed trying on the brightly coloures wigs. They are standing under a blossom tree, so this modern image has its roots in tradition as you can see the fallen cherry blossom at their feet.

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Manga Fatigues

A girl in a green wig and camouflage fatigues chats to her friend in the contemporary outfit favoured by many young women in Japan-short shorts.

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Reticent Maid

This young woman is advetising a “French Maid” cafe in Tokyo.

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French Maid with bunny Ears

Another “French maid” makes a heart shape with her hands while shouting into a loudspeaker to get customers into her cafe.

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Alice in Wonderland

There is a tendency for young women to dress up like Grayson Perry does, in a cartoon idea of how a five year old from the 1960s would dress. Whether this is done with Perry’s degree of irony is unclear.

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Umbrella Style

Meanwhile what the real five year olds are wearing includes a rainbow of umbrellas for a rainy day in Kyoto.

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School Uniform - The Nautical Look

The Prussian style of school uniforms caught on at around the Meiji period and never went away. As school uniform goes, I like it, and would have preferred it to my own bottle green uniform nightmare.

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Japanese Schoolwear with cool hair

This friendly schoolboy expresses his individuality with a good use of hair products.

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Musician Priests at a Wedding

In Miyajima’s Itsukushima shrine, these priests dress in creamy white robes and traditional black lacquer hats at a wedding.

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The Priest's Hat

The priest at Itsukushima who presides over the wedding is in green robes with a black lacquered mesh hat.

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Buddhist Monk

As part of his Budddhist training this monk begs for money for his Temple and in return says prayers for those who donate.

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Pilgrim

This lady is dressed in the style typical to pilgrims from the countryside who visit a series of shrines and temples all over Japan.

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Traditional Wedding Outfit

This bride in Tokyo wears traditional heavy white robes and headress for her wedding.

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Harajuku Girls

In Tokyo on the streets around Harajukku there’s a lively mixture of styles. Whatever your style is though, make sure you have a few fun things hanging from you handbag to get the authentic look.

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French Chef - Kyoto

This French Restaurant – Bistro Spontane in Kyoto  – is a really lovely Japanese take on French Cuisine, c’est comme les Francais-only better!

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Shop Assistant

In Nishiki Icheban the wonderful covered food market in the heart of Kyoto, pickles are a great favorite. Shop keepers wear their uniforms with pride.

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The Oldest Noodle Bar in Kyoto
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Shop Assistant - Isetan
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The Best Sushi Chef in Kyoto

We lucked out when we discovered this small but perfect sushi restaurant near our Kyoto house. The chef is brilliant and has a licence to serve Fugu fish-which unfortunately isn’t in season now.

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Boating in Arayshiyama

Uniforms for the various methods of transport are cool here as this boatman and rickshaw driver demonstrate.

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Sporty Rickshaw
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Street Artist

Street artists protect their heads from the sun which can be seeringly bright in Spring and summer

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Bullet Cleaning in Pink

On the Shinkansen or bullet train, the stations and carriages are kept immaculate by a team of men in Blue and women in Pink……

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Red Baton Man

Traffic controllers wear many different uniforms but they all carry bright red batons.

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Painting the Inari Shrine Torii gates

Keeping the thousands of red torii gates, that cover the walk up the mountain at Inari shrine in good nick is a huge task a bit like painting the Forth Bridge.

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Bob the Builder

Japanese builders don’t go for the builders crack look, but instead carry a whole tool kit around their waists, and tuck their trousers into their socks.

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Fireman Sam

A fireman with Darth Vader style head gear.

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