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School uniforms in past century reflect society in constant change

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Exactly one century ago, a turning point came in the history of school uniforms for female students--a switch from kimono to Western attire.

I learned this at the Yayoi Museum in Tokyo, where an exhibition titled “Nippon Seifuku 100-nen Shi” (Japan’s 100-year history of school uniforms) is being held until June 30.

According to Shizue Uchida, 50, a curator, female students of the early Meiji Era (1868-1912) wore kimono, or traditional Japanese clothing, to school.

State-run schools recommended “hakama” formal pleated skirts, but the girls balked at wearing them. During the years of rapid Westernization in the mid-1880s, the government........

© The Asahi Shimbun