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Ukrainian evacuees try on kimonos, experience Japanese culture at Fukuoka Castle ruins

A Ukrainian student who evacuated from her homeland wears a kimono in the city of Fukuoka's Chuo Ward on May 17, 2022. (Mainichi/Yoshiyuki Hirakawa)=Click/tap photo for more images.

FUKUOKA -- Twenty Ukrainians who fled the Russian invasion and are studying at a university in Fukuoka Prefecture tried on kimonos, learned traditional Japanese manners, and took a stroll around the former site of Fukuoka Castle here on May 17.

    Participants are currently studying at the Japan University of Economics' Fukuoka Campus in the city of Dazaifu, and the event was part of a class for international students to experience Japanese culture. Clad in gorgeous kimonos, students learned manners such as how to bow and walk in the traditional attire, and experienced making book jackets using kimono fabrics.

    Yelyzaveta Petrova, 21, chose a black kimono with goldfish patterns, and said, "This is my first time wearing a kimono, but it's easy to move in. I want to send a photo to my family in Ukraine."

    Vira Palchyk, 21, who picked a dark blue kimono for men, said with a smile, "I've always liked casual clothes, so I'm happy to wear blue."

    A total of 68 evacuees and exchange students from schools including Kyiv National Linguistic University in Ukraine enrolled in the Japan University of Economics between March and April. All of them live in dorms, and their tuition is free for a year.

    (Japanese original by Shizuka Takebayashi, Kyushu News Department)

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