A kimono ban? China drafts law to ban clothing ‘hurtful’ of national sentiment and spirits

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In August 2022 a young woman wearing a yukata – a simple, summer-weight kimono – was having her photo taken on a street in picturesque Suzhou, China, when she was accosted by a police officer. Following an angry exchange, partly captured on her phone, she was arrested for disturbing the public peace. The Suzhou Kimono Incident, as it came to be known, sparked an internet debate over the propriety of wearing kimonos and the legality of the policeman’s actions. This was not the first time wearing a kimono in China had caused a furore, and it would not be the...