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Enraptured by Hideo Oba (1961)


In this classic of Japanese film directed by Hideo Oba a promising young dancer asks her mentor to write a screenplay for a No play. He then introduces her to an idealistic and young student of classical literature and theatre, in the hope that they become a match and marry. 

Kimono and fashion are very important aspects of this film. The costume design was done beautifully as a way of empowering kimono and showing how relevant and current still was it for the time. The director probably hoped to spark interest in the younger generations of once again going back to the roots of Japanese fashion and revive the kimono. Indeed, in the immediate post-war decades, the young Japanese switched to Western clothes for all occasions at all levels of society, men and women alike.


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