obligatory cultural posturing

Tomorrow my I'll be scampering around the hometown with my girlfriend, taking in the Summer Fireworks Festival in a yukata borrowed from her brother. Yukata are the Japanese summer version of the stuffy kimono. Less complicated and constrictive than the average kimono, yukata are usually the attire of choice for enjoying hanabi (fireworks, lit. fire-flowers) and grilled squid at the very uniform summer festivals. They come in both men's and women's styles, the men's being loose and free-flowing, much like a bathrobe, and the women's being constrictive, creating a giant gift out of the human female, complete with colorful wrapping paper and a decorative bow.

And with that, I will be joining the ranks of white people in kimonos/japanese clothes, at whom i have long scoffed at. Oh well. Here's how it's done:

And yes, we will necessarily be enjoying Suntory Premium Malts beer during this experience.