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Clothes in Japan



All Japan's big department stores have several floors devoted to fashion, from haute couture to more modest wear at affordable prices. Elsewhere, you'll find trendy boutiques - many of them stacked in multi-storey "fashion stores" - catering to a younger, less affluent crowd, selling cut-price clothes and the latest in recycled grunge gear.

Factory outlet stores and low-price retailers, such as UniQlo and Comme ça du Mode, have recently made an appearance, as have foreign chains led by Gap, Timberland and Next. The centre of high fashion, on the other hand, is Tokyo's Omotesando, where you'll find the likes of Issey Miyake, Hanae Mori, Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto, whose showrooms make for great window shopping, even if you don't have money to burn.

Kimono in Japan Kimono:

The kimono is a garment made of silk. Yet,it is more than just a mere piece of clothing. It visible indication of the wearer's social class, wealth, and even marital status. Everyone from Geishas to the royal family wore kimono, and it once was the most common type of clothing in Japan. Today, however, Kimono are usually seen only at funerals, weddings, or other formal ceremonies.

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