The nape of the neck is apart from the hands and face the one part of the body exposed when a woman wears a kimono.
As such, in Japan it is a highly erotic area of the body.
In Japanese literature and daily life, the nape is fetishized to a degree incomprehensible to men in the West.
At a junior high school entrance ceremony in Kyoto this spring, several women came in kimono.
And those in the back paid little attention to the drone of speeches up at the front of the auditorium.
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Friday, November 11, 2011