Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Koromogae Time Again

Uniforms are ubiquitious thoughout Japanland. Students, police, firemen, fast food and clerical workers...just about everyone wears a uniform, particularly if they are female. Technically, you could say that the black business suit is the salaryman's uniform, but only technically.

There are summer and winter uniforms and they are changed out appropriately. The day that the uniform change occurs is called koromogae. For summer, it is June 1. For winter it is October 1.

If you are an anime fan, you've probably seen this change referenced, particularly if you are watching an anime dealing with kids in school. The old chestnut being that one student always forgets the changeover day and comes in wearing the wrong uniform.

Last year, I almost drove off the road laughing because I saw a few kids that had obviously forgotten it was koromogae time again and had on the wrong uniform. Their friends were very clearly giving them crap.

I know I've blogged about this before . . .

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