Kyoto, Japan: Wearing Kimono in the Geisha District of Gion

Ever wanted to live out your best Japanese fantasy? I did just that, wearing a kimono in Gion, the most famous geisha district in all of Japan. This is my kimono rental experience in Kyoto.

“CULTURAL APPROPRIATION”? IN JAPAN IT’S CALLED CULTURAL APPRECIATION...

Warning: If you’re easily triggered you might want to skip this introduction and head straight for the pretty pictures. But then again if you’re the oversensitive sort you really shouldn’t be reading a site called “Posh, Broke, & Bored”... 

Now, I may not be an expert on identity politics nor the subtle nuances that separate “dressing up” vs. what some call “cultural appropriation” (but then again, when the thought police constantly shift the goalposts of what they deem acceptable, how does one expect to play the game? Well, that’s their whole point, but that’s another charged discussion for another day) but as a Far East transplant in the West I can tell you that us “Orientals” don’t waste time being offended when foreigners take an interest - however passing or superficial - in our culture. Why get mad when you can get mad money

Case in point: all across Japan, especially in the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, locals have made the most of the tourism boom by opening kimono rental shops so that visitors can feel the fantasy when in Japan while receiving an education on the culture. Wearing kimono and yukata, even outside of Japan, is considered by the Japanese as appreciative and respectful of their culture when done properly and with reverence to the history and customs of the country. Keep your mind open, your intentions pure, your curiousity sincere, and your execution tasteful; and you not only open a dialogue with and engage with other cultures but also look bangin’ while doing it. This is my experience with wearing traditional Japanese kimono in the geisha district of Gion, Kyoto.

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April 18, 2018

Kyoto, Japan: Wearing Kimono in the Geisha District of Gion

“CULTURAL APPROPRIATION”? IN JAPAN IT’S CALLED  “ CULTURAL APPRECIATION ” ... Warning:  If you’re easily triggered you m...

Melbourne, Australia: 8 Reasons Why I'm Moving to Melbourne, and Why You Should Visit





THE 8 SOLID REASONS WHY I'LL MOVE TO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

(ALTERNATIVELY, 8 REASONS FOR YOU TO VISIT AND A MONTH'S WORTH OF THINGS TO DO)


Like rain clouds on a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, the questions came rolling in thick and fast on Instagram messages: “Have you moved to Australia?!” Well, I could see how a month of Stories of me decorating and furnishing a new home from scratch could give off that impression. Melbourne is certainly a city I’ve grown up with: although I was born in Kuala Lumpur and spent my adult life in London, I spent much of my childhood visiting extended family there. From Box Hill to Toorak, the suburbs of Melbourne have been my stomping grounds for the best parts of three decades - if there was a city I could easily set up a base in, Melbourne would be it.

But the long and short of it is: No, I am not moving to Melbourne. At least, not on a full time basis in the near future. Although I have built a nest for two out of blood (his), sweat (ours), but no tears (working under pressure is our forte); and although I’ve grown incredibly attached to an apartment that was suppose to be just a flip, my heart (and my Permanent Residence) belongs to the UK. That said, the prospect of making Melbourne my third home is incredibly tantalising. Melbs, this is why - to quote a famous Aussie - 🎶 “I just can’t get you out of my head...” 🎶


INSPIRED BY THIS MONTH’S TRAVEL LINKUP:
PLACES WE CAN’T GET OUT OF OUR HEADS


April 01, 2018

Melbourne, Australia: 8 Reasons Why I'm Moving to Melbourne, and Why You Should Visit

THE 8 SOLID REASONS WHY I'LL  MOVE TO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (ALTERNATIVELY, 8 REASONS FOR YOU TO VISIT AND A M...