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Sailing, sailing...
Topic by: roadwarrior
Posted: July 17, 2005 - 3:09 PM PDT
Last Reply: July 17, 2005 - 8:48 PM PDT

author topic: Sailing, sailing...
post #1  on July 17, 2005 - 3:09 PM PDT  
So, in like every anime ever made where there are kids that go to school, the girls all wear sailor-style uniforms. It's so ubiquitous that I'm surprised when there's a school setting and I don't see it. If this is one of those things that is a reflection of real-life, then I imagine this has roots somewhere in some of the custom and tradition the British brought over with them during the 19th century? The American occupying forces after WWII wouldn't have left that cultural phenomenon behind, I don't think???

Women didn't (couldn't) serve in the U.S. navy until a generation or so ago; I'd imagine the same is true for the current Japanese naval forces, yet girls everywhere were (are) skipping about looking like the kid on the Cracker Jack box.

Any other guesses as to where this originated? Or perhaps someone really knows?

post #2  on July 17, 2005 - 4:58 PM PDT  
That is the style of school uniforms in Japan.
post #3  on July 17, 2005 - 6:34 PM PDT  
Aparently it became popular during the Taisho era, shortly after Western-style clothing became acceptible for girls in school.
You can look in Yuu Watase's notes in the Fushigi Yuugi - Genbu Kaiden manga for more details. (let her to the historical research for you...)
post #4  on July 17, 2005 - 7:58 PM PDT  
> On July 17, 2005 - 4:58 PM PDT kolohe61 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> That is the style of school uniforms in Japan.
> ---------------------------------

Specifically it is the uniform of girls in 'middle' school.
post #5  on July 17, 2005 - 8:48 PM PDT  
Also, the uniforms originated in the late 19th century as part of the Japanese modernization program and were purposeley modeled after military uniforms.

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