Saving the Sexy
People who are not intimately familiar with Japan’s traditional female kimono may never have thought of these cover-everything-up garments as particularly sexy, but they are. Even the most die-hard take-it-all-off advocates cannot deny the influence of kimono on both the women who wear them and the libido of males who view them.
The first step in converting full or nearly full-exposure die-hards to an appreciation of the seductive appeal of the kimono is to remind them that total exposure of the female body eventually results in a loss of its seductive powers.
In ancient times, the Japanese learned that mystery and imagination are far more powerful sexual turn-ons than complete exposure of the body, and until recent times this knowledge was reflected in their apparel as well as in other areas of their life, including communal bathing.
The early Japanese, especially sensually oriented because of their Shinto beliefs, did not limit the seductive powers of the form-fitting kimono by concealing the physical charms of the female form. They used colors and design elements to further enhance the sensual appeal of these garments. tj
The complete article can be found in Issue #274 of the Tokyo Journal. Click here to order from Amazon.