12 August 2014

Japan: The Uniforms

Belonging to a specific group is, in itself, a definition of being Japanese. 

Wearing a common uniform is one way of conforming to a group identity.

Employees at banks wear uniforms, street workers wear the same yellow jumpsuit, and it could be said that homemakers wear a uniform because they wear aprons, even out and about shopping.  There are school uniforms (including shoes, backpacks, and hats) for classroom and physical education.  Preschool uniforms are artist smock-like jumpers worn over other clothes.

For more about the importance of groups in Japan, click here.
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