Planning my marriage... My fiancee and I have been talking about having a full traditional Japanese wedding.
I don't have any ties with the culture or ethnicity, but she's Japanese-American and her family is still very traditional. I've been told that her father will see that as a demonstration of respect and appreciate it... Which is good since I have yet to earn his trust.
White men usually wear our usual 3-piece suit (waistcoat + jacket + trousers) in the ceremony when marrying a Japanese woman (and she wears the bridal kimono). But some get into it and wear a traditional Japanese dress.
In Japanese culture, the groom traditionally wears a 4 piece dress composed of a nagajuban (an underkimono), a montsuki (a formal, black kimono), a hakama (it's like the pants) and a haori (a formal overcoat to wear over the kimono), plus the zori sandals.
Joke moment: will white women accuse me of cultural appropriation on social media? 😆
The question of whether a white man's wearing of a traditional Japanese dress at his wedding ceremony is cultural appropriation can be the subject of debate and perspective.
Some people might argue that a white male wearing a traditional Japanese dress is cultural appropriation because the dress has great cultural significance in Japan and is a symbol of Japanese history and tradition.
Some Japanese people may feel offended or upset if they see someone from a foreign culture wearing a traditional dress from their culture for a wedding.
On the other hand, other people might argue that the adoption of traditional Japanese dress by someone from another culture is a way of appreciating and honoring Japanese culture, especially if done in a respectful and mindful way of history and cultural significance.
of the dress.
Ultimately, the question of whether a white male's wearing of traditional Japanese dress is cultural appropriation depends on many factors, including the context in which the dress is worn, the intent of the wearer, and the perspective of women.
people who see the wearing of the dress.
It is important to be respectful and considerate of the cultures and traditions of others, and seek to understand their importance and significance before adopting or using them.
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