Figure 1.--The Hiroshima Boy's Choir performs in white berets, grey vests, matching sdhort pants, and white knee socks.
The Hiroshima Boys Choir is one of the better known choirs in Japan. The choir is operated by educational comittee in Hiroshima.
costume for the boys is a natty uniform of white berets, grey double breasted vests, white shirts and black ties, grey short pants, white knee socks, and black dress shoes. The boys have wore this uniform since 1973. Some
other choirs wear berets, which seems to be a popular choice for choir groups. Japanese
boys, however, do not normally wear berets. The boys have wore this uniform since 1973.
The boys shorts are the shorter cut style popular in Japan in the 1970s when the uniform
was adopted. Only recetly have Japnese boys begun wearing longer cut shorts.
Older boys who appear to be at
least 13 years old wear more mature looking blue blazers with grey long pants. This is
in keeping with the school uniforms worn by many elementary boys. The elementary boys often
wear shorts, but switching to long pants when they begin junior high school at about
age 13. The uniform is based on the boy's age and not his height as some of the boys
wearing the short pants uniform are taller than the boys in blazers and long pants. The
older boys do not participate in all of the performance.
Figure 2--The Hiroshima Boy's Choir has performed in the same costume since 1973.
Hiroshima is one of Japan's largest cities. The city of Hiroshima is well known for its bomb dome marking the dropping of the atomic bomb. The choir often participates in ceremonies there.
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