The evils of cultural appropriation: ‘Bearded Hipsters in Silky Kimonos’

Here’s proof of the evils of racist cultural appropriation*…’Bearded Hipsters in Silky Kimonos.’


‘Bearded Men in Silky Kimonos’ is a Pin-Up Calendar For Lovers of Hirsute Men
Broadly | Nov. 16, 2015
Kate Cooper-Owen came up with the idea when staying at a friend’s house. Her friend’s boyfriend sidled into the kitchen in the morning in a silken robe: “It had this beautiful cherry blossom pattern on it,” she remembers. “It wasn’t a kimono in the strictest sense, but it was such a amazing look. I pretty much said on the spot, ‘This should be a calendar.'” Just over a year later, the 2016 calendar is now in the pre-order phase, shot by fashion photographer Woland...more...


Earlier this year, there were noisy protests of kimono wearing events as “cultural appropriation”:
Boston museum cancels ‘Kimono Wednesdays’ after racism protests (AP news | July 7, 2015 )
Full disclosure: I have a very full goatee.

Kimono-cultural appropriation problems have also been covered by the 3Yen including:


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10 thoughts on “The evils of cultural appropriation: ‘Bearded Hipsters in Silky Kimonos’”

  1. Do you know who else was into facial hair and kimono cosplay?

    Weird Photo Of Adolf Hitler In Japanese Kimono / 2015June21
    Hitler is shown in the photo dressed in a robe that appears to be a Japanese Kimono. Independent verification of the authenticity of the photo is difficult, but according to the U.K.’s Express, the photo is likely authentic, although its origin is unknown. It is believed to have been produced to commemorate the November 25, 1936, signing of a pact between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan...more

  2. A 27-year-old Norwegian national has become the first Western female ever to be chosen to play a leading role at a cherry blossom festival in the city of Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture, which features women dressed as high-class Edo Period (1603-1868) courtesans.
    Anette Hansen, who lives in Tokyo, was picked by organizers of the Bunsui Sakura Matsuri Oiran Dochu festival to play the role of one of three oiran [courtesans/hookers]morehooker

  3. A 27-year-old Norwegian national has become the first Western female ever to be chosen to play a.. high-class Edo Period (1603-1868) courtesans

    This must be this year’s gai-Oiran kimono.


  4. Mo’ betta cultural appropriation…

    translated japanese by bing
    So people are really wearing kimono that instinctively calls out to me. I just had to take a pictures. A 20 year old girl with long hair dyed green seen in Germany.
    Hey, great!

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