Kimonos have certainly received a lot of attention on the Internet this week (you've probably already reviewed a few #KimOhNo Twitter threads).
In a tiny redemption of the integrity of kimonos, today we have a kimono for you that has caught the attention of proper social media.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is currently in the city of Osaka, Japan, for the G20 summit, which started earlier today. As he and leading politicians from around the world meet over the next two days to discuss international fiscal policies and issues, PM Lee took advantage of social media this morning to share these images of himself with his wife, Ho Ching to publish.
In the photos, the couple poses with a Japanese representative on the summit, Yui Yamada, who wore a special kimono in Singapore to greet the Lees.
" Miss Yui Yamada received a gracious reception in her unique kimono last night – a beautiful mix of exquisite Japanese workmanship and iconic landmarks and symbols of Singapore!" He wrote in a post posted on his Facebook page tomorrow ,
The traditional handwoven kimono on Yamada was designed by students from Kagoshima Prefecture, who incorporated the city's most famous images into the cloth: the Merlion, our national flower Vanda Miss Joaquim and the Singapore skyline.
The design was first unveiled in March of this year by the Singapore Embassy in Tokyo and produced as part of the ambitious project "Imagine Oneworld", which was launched five years ago. The project aims to create kimonos representing each of the 196 countries expected to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Most people who commented on PM Lee's contribution were proud and appreciative that this aspect of Singaporean culture is portrayed as global in an event as significant as the G20 summit, which usually involves state and non-governmental organizations Leaders of countries with the largest and fastest growing economies in the world participate.
Some also quickly compared the kimono with the latest business model of reality TV star Kim Kardashian – a new line of figure-hugging shapewear kimono – Recalling that this garment is a good example of cultural appreciation rather than appropriation.
If You're Not Familiar With the Kardashian controversy this week, Kim's decision to move her shapewear line to the traditional Japanese garment As well as their attempt to leave a mark for the name of this brand in the US, (rightly) aroused the anger of Internet users around the world, especially among English speakers of Japanese descent.
The kimono is considered a significant piece of Japan's historical, cultural, and artistic pride, and is usually worn only for formal affairs. Kardashian's attempt to claim the word for her line of underwear is criticized as an ignorant act of cultural appropriation.