Just like in the United States, modern Japanese fashion changes based on what is in style and what is out of style. However, there are some clothing styles in modern Japan that we would even consider extreme in the United States.
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Japanese businessmen wear suits to work while businesswomen will wear a Western-style dress or pantsuit. During leisure time, the Japanese will wear jeans and T-shirts.
The Japanese will still wear traditional clothes like the kimono during holidays and other important ceremonies. Many older women will still wear a kimono around the house. During the summer, men will wear what is known as a jinbei, a traditional outfit that is loose to beat the heat.
Japan is subject to strange fashion crazes. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, many girls would wear what is known as the "Ganguro" fashion. They would tan their skin dark, bleach their hair, wear silver make-up and wear tie-dyed sarongs with a miniskirt and platform shoes.
The more extreme fashions in modern Japan are found in the city centres, especially Tokyo and Kyoto.
Trends appear and die quickly in Japan. In the past 10 years, fashions such as the cowboy, the maid and the Gothic Lolita have come and gone.
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