Japan has always fascinated me – the country itself, the people, culture, food and language – so much so, that given the chance, i simply wouldn’t hesitate to up-sticks and take the opportunity to spend a decent amount of time there. It’s not likely to happen once in a blue moon in a month of Sundays, i’m afraid… but i can dream!
Actually, i can go one better than that – with sl, even the most far-fetched of dreams are, for the most part, simply a matter of application and creativity and are actually eminently possible and plausible. Knowing this, it’s perhaps not all that surprising that the other day, completely off the cuff, i decided i was going to turn geisha!
It was bound to happen at some point – i’ve a few kimonos stashed away in my inv., including a lovely one that i’ve only worn once – an occasion that didn’t quite turn out as intended. It was all a little bit embarrassing at the time although, as with all of the stupendously ridiculous and embarrassing situations that sl tends to drop us into, when i look back on it i just have to chuckle. It was another spur of the moment decision to explore my Japanese side so, after spending some time primping and preening, adjusting and getting everything just right, i was ready to make my entrance. i thought i looked pretty good – if only i’d known what other people were seeing, i might have spared myself what was to follow. There i was, walking confidently down the street, admiring the way my sode floated in the breeze, only to receive the shocking IM “You’re naked!” Best laid plans huh? (i have a theory about evil guardian Lindens, who watch over you and manufacture compromising situations, just for a giggle). In the end, to preserve my modesty, i had to resort to wearing a prim barrel, which i eventually managed to replace with a cardboard box, since it seemed that sl wasn’t in the mood on that particular occasion, to provide me with clothing
Since then – understandably – i haven’t really felt the inclination to slip into something silky and kimono-esque, until quite out of the blue, i felt the urge again… this time, it would be different, i told myself.
Of course, you might be thinking it a little odd to suddenly feel a need to slip into the attributes of the Japanese culture by putting on a kimono, listening to shamisen and slurping on ramen – so what? i find it a rather enlightening experience and surely it’s no odder than popping some fangs in to become a vampire, sticking a tail and pointy neko ears on or any one of a myriad of forms and appearances that are common in sl. Personally, i think there’s a lot to be said about experiencing the world through the eyes and cultures of other people and, if we can’t do it for real, then i think we’re far more likely to get an authentic experience through a virtual world – where, ironically, we can talk to, and share with real people from diverse corners of the world – unlike films and TV, which tend to focus on the stereotypical and interpretive.
Besides which, it’s all good fun! What was particularly lovely were the compliments i received from friends – not that i seek out compliments, but it’s always nice when someone notices and comments when you’ve made a special effort 🙂
i probably won’t make a habit out of embracing multi-culturalism in sl to the extent that i end up wearing national costumes for every country i can think of over the coming weeks, but i thoroughly enjoyed my little Japanese adventure and i’ll no doubt try out my other kimonos in due course, particularly after seeing this, today!
Mata ne, S. x