The message went on to bash the user’s appearance by telling them that the traditional outfit doesn’t suit them.
“Why the f**k are you and that other white chic wearing kimonos you people need to stop taking Japanese culture also you two look horrible in the kimonos it doesn’t even match you,” the anonymous user said in the message.
“It’s a yukata not a kimono,” the Tumblr user said in his reply.
Other Tumblr users had a lot to say about the exchange. One user, kamiyu910, claims Japanese people want non-Japanese people to wear kimonos so “it doesn’t fade away.”
But another user quickly slammed the comment by stating, “The art and act of Kitsuke will not die anytime soon. It may not be popular as it once was because of the introduction of western clothing and so many people don’t wear it as a daily outfit, the amount of money it takes to properly own an actual kimono and many accessories, the having to fit the motifs and colors (if you want to be more traditional) to particular seasons and times, and the complicated act of putting it on but it’s still popular enough and it’s still worn enough.”
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article misidentified the Tumblr user’s correct pronouns. It has been corrected and we apologize for the error.