Japanese Mail Order Catalogs and Advertisements with Boys Clothings: Garments

Figure 1.--We do not the date of those catalog illustration, but it looks quite recent. This was one of the school uniform offerings.

Japanese mail order catalogs and advertisements offer a great deal of information on specific clothing styles and garments worn over time. Unfortunately we ca not read the ads. We are at this early stage of developing our catalog archive focusing primarily on the chronological pages. We will eventually list these pages in both sections. We have some catalog pages without dates which we are initially archiving here.

School Uniforms

School uniform items are extensively covered in Japanese catalogs. Only about one-third of Japanese state primary schools have uniforms and they tend to be very basic. Blazers are only worn at some orimary schools. Most schools have uniforms consisting of white shirts and blue shorts, but some schools have different uniforms. The sailor suit style here (figure 1) is not common for boys, but worn by many girls--mostly at the secondary school level. Almost all secondary schools, however, require uniforms. Some items such as colorful caps and bookbag are worn even at schools that do not require uniforms.


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Created: October 12, 2003
Last updated: 6:03 AM 10/28/2005