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I see that I attracted a few readers in a LiveJournal kimono forum, so rather than creating a LiveJournal account to reply privately to their questions, I’ll post an update here with some more detailed statistics from the same report that I translated earlier this week.

One other question they had was from the final question about the kimono’s image, as to what “Japaneseness” was. This was my translation of 日本人らしい, nihonjinrashii, which translates more literally to “looking like a Japanese person”.

On a personal note, getting picked up by these kimono wearers (as it were) is the sort of thing that makes me feel all this blogging is worthwhile. I’ve learnt about western kimono fans and they’ve learnt a bit more about how the Japanese view what is their hobby. If there are any readers out there with a pet subject that they’d like to hear more about, please don’t hesitate to ask me and I’ll see what I can find. I’m fascinated by Japanese bowel movements (yes, honestly, but not in that way) or the lack thereof, but I’m yet to find a good survey regarding it.

Note that the sample size for teenage males in all the following questions is very small, so there is a much lower degree of confidence in that data.

Q1: Have you ever worn a kimono? (Sample size=7,607)

Age and Sex Worn a kimono
Males, 10 to 19
N=40
10.0%
Males, 20 to 29
N=445
13.0%
Males, 30 to 39
N=903
23.9%
Males, 40 to 49
N=935
37.5%
Males, 50 to 59
N=452
62.4%
Males, 60 and over
N=235
74.5%
Females, 10 to 19
N=81
66.7%
Females, 20 to 29
N=1,047
90.7%
Females, 30 to 39
N=1,883
93.0%
Females, 40 to 49
N=1,055
96.1%
Females, 50 to 59
N=451
96.7%
Females, 60 and over
N=80
98.8%

Q2: When did you last wear a kimono? (Sample size=5,370)

  Male
N=1,086
Female
N=4,284
Wedding ceremony 24.9% 36.1%
Coming of age ceremony 4.0% 23.5%
New Year 41.1% 8.7%
Shichi-go-san 5.5% 7.1%
Funeral ceremony 1.0% ** 7.2%
Just as daily wear 11.7% 3.0% **
Learning event 1.5% ** 4.0% **
At work 1.5% ** 1.0% **
Other 7.1% 8.7%

The starred values are not marked on the presented graph, so are just my estimates. I should have translated the above question as “At what occassion did you last wear” rather than “When did you last wear” as it conveys the meaning a bit better, I think.

Q3: Do you have a kimono (material only, not accessories, etc)? (Sample size=5,370)

Age and Sex Have a kimono
Males, 10 to 19
N=4
50.0%
Males, 20 to 29
N=58
39.7%
Males, 30 to 39
N=216
36.1%
Males, 40 to 49
N=351
47.9%
Males, 50 to 59
N=282
73.0%
Males, 60 and over
N=175
89.1%
Females, 10 to 19
N=54
25.9%
Females, 20 to 29
N=950
56.4%
Females, 30 to 39
N=1,751
68.8%
Females, 40 to 49
N=1,014
87.1%
Females, 50 to 59
N=436
95.6%
Females, 60 and over
N=79
94.9%

Q11: In the future do you want to buy a kimono for your own use? (Sample size=7,607)

Age and Sex Want to buy Don’t want to buy Don’t know
Males, 10 to 19
N=40
30.0% 45.0% 25.0%
Males, 20 to 29
N=445
30.8% 38.9% 30.3%
Males, 30 to 39
N=903
29.6% 37.9% 32.5%
Males, 40 to 49
N=935
28.1% 38.7% 32.8%
Males, 50 to 59
N=452
28.5% 38.7% 32.8%
Males, 60 and over
N=235
29.8% 39.1% 31.1%
Females, 10 to 19
N=81
34.3% 14.8% 30.9%
Females, 20 to 29
N=1,047
54.0% 17.8% 28.2%
Females, 30 to 39
N=1,883
40.5% 28.8% 30.7%
Females, 40 to 49
N=1,055
25.2% 44.0% 30.8%
Females, 50 to 59
N=451
27.1% 47.0% 25.9%
Females, 60 and over
N=80
23.7% 51.3% 25.0%

Q12: What image does the kimono have? (Sample size=7,607, multiple answer)

  Own kimono
N=3,763
Don’t own kimono
N=1,607
Japaneseness 76.9% 79.7%
Elegant 67.3% 67.2%
Difficult or troublesome to look after 64.2% 64.3%
Nowhere to wear it 46.4% 54.5%
Difficult to move in 45.1% 55.9%
Don’t know how to or difficult to put on 36.4% 54.6%
High-class 38.7% 43.1%
Improves one’s figure 45.8% 43.0%
Celebration wear 23.9% 27.6%
Glamourous 21.3% 25.8%
Formal and stiff 20.3% 26.1%
Hot in summer, cold in winter 16.7% 22.3%
Can cover style (eh?) 14.9% 15.1%
Other 2.8% 0.9%
Nothing in particular 0.7% 0.8%

Note that some of these figures do not seem to add up when compared with the totalised data!

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