In the Early-20th Century, Ryukyu Clothing Banned in Schools

The following photos and quoted caption are from Valerie H. Barske’s “‘Dancing Through’ Historical Trauma: Okinawan Performance in Post-Imperial Japan” (Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, Issue 24, June 2010).

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"Early twentieth century photos of Okinawan school girls wearing Ryukyuan clothes [top] versus Japanese clothes [bottom], both photos were taken on the same day to show how the girls were required to change their dress in the early twentieth century. Source: Hokama Yoneko, Jidai o irodotta onnatachi: Kindai Okinawa joseishi, Naha: Niraisha, 1996, p. 210." -Barske

“Early twentieth century photos of Okinawan school girls wearing Ryukyuan clothes [top] versus Japanese clothes [bottom], both photos were taken on the same day to show how the girls were required to change their dress in the early twentieth century. Source: Hokama Yoneko, Jidai o irodotta onnatachi: Kindai Okinawa joseishi, Naha: Niraisha, 1996, p. 210.” –Barske

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