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Lesson 9: Traditional Fashion
The last time I wore a kimono was at my wedding!

I can explain the role of traditional fashion in modern Japan.

INTRODUCE

Some foreigners expect to see lots of traditional fashion when they come to Japan. You can explain to them when Japanese people usually wear traditional clothes.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

entrance ceremonies

graduation ceremonies

weddings

Coming of Age Day

New Year’s

Shichi-Go-San

II. Which of the events above did you celebrate recently?

III. Practice reading the words.

/eɪ/

/e/

age

edge

aches

ex

aid

Ed

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use in, on, and at with time expressions.

Use in with seasons and months.

  • We usually eat udon in the winter.
  • My birthday is in August.

Use on with complete dates, days of the week, and holidays.

  • Our anniversary is on November 25.
  • My first day of school is on Monday.
  • Do you give people chocolate on Valentine’s Day?

Use at with events that have large groups of people. There are also a few special uses of at: at Christmas and at night.

  • Some people wear kimonos at weddings.
  • Many parents cry at graduation ceremonies.
  • Do you exchange gifts at Christmas?

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Yuki is talking to Lorraine, a Canadian member of the Kim Dae Hyun Fan Club, at their club’s cosplay party.

Lorraine:

Look at Sachiko. She’s wearing a kimono.

Yuki:

Oh, dear. I told her to wear a hanbok!

Lorraine:

(laughs) Well, that’s new. I almost never see anyone in a kimono.

Yuki:

Well, kimonos are not something that we wear every day. They’re expensive, so we wear them only for special occasions. For example, some people wear kimonos at graduation ceremonies. Some people wear them on New Year’s, Shichi-Go-San, or other special holidays. The last time I wore a kimono was at my wedding!

Lorraine:

Cool! I’d love to see a photo.

TRIVIA

In English, all special days on the calendar are called holidays. If work and schools are closed on these days (ex. New Year’s, Children’s Day), you can call them federal holidays or bank holidays. Special days on the calendar that do not affect work or school (ex. Halloween, Shichi-Go-San) are just called holidays.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Fill in the blanks using the words in the box. Some words may be used more than once.

in
on
at
  1. In Canada, they have the world’s largest winter carnival ___ January.
  2. Americans eat turkey ___ Thanksgiving.
  3. In Germany, some people wear lederhosen ­­­___ festivals.
  4. Indian brides wear a red dress ___ traditional weddings.
  5. In France, people dress up as clowns ___ April for the Joan of Arc Festival.

STEP B EXERCISE

Fill in the blanks using the pictures and words in parentheses.

 (wear black / funerals)

1. In most cultures, people __________.

(wear costumes / Halloween)

2. Children and adults _____.

 

(wear a toga / graduation ceremonies)

3. In the Philippines, high school students _____.

(give chocolates / White Day)

4. In Japan, boys _____.

celebrate my birthday / (your birth month)

5. I _____.

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You and your friend are eating at a café when two teens in yukatas walk by. Your friend is really interested in the yukatas.


Explain when you wear them and other traditional clothes.

Today's grammar tip

  • in
  • on
  • at

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

KIMONOS

2

TRADITIONAL FASHION

3

EVENTS

1

KIMONOS

  1. What do you like about kimonos?
  2. Do you think kimonos make people look more attractive?
  3. Did you wear a kimono on Coming of Age Day?
  4. Do you think it’s okay to spend a lot of money on a kimono?

2TRADITIONAL FASHION

  1. Do you prefer modern or traditional fashion?
  2. Do you think foreigners should try on traditional Japanese clothes?
  3. Aside from Japan, what country has the most interesting traditional clothes?
  4. Is it okay to wear traditional clothes as a Halloween costume?

3EVENTS

  1. What kind of events are common in Japan (ex. entrance ceremonies, graduation ceremonies)?
  2. What’s your favorite kind of event to attend (ex. weddings, fireworks festivals)?
  3. What's your least favorite kind of event to attend?
  4. Do you prefer small events or events with lots of people?

FEEDBACK

I can explain the role of traditional fashion in modern Japan.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

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