Kimonos to Represent 196 Countries at 2020 Tokyo Games

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Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)--A project is under way to create kimonos illustrating the culture of each of 196 countries including Japan, aiming to showcase them at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

A long-sleeved kimono with an "obi" belt representing the nature, culture and history of Russia was unveiled at an event held at the Russian embassy in Tokyo on Wednesday.

The kimono, made in Kyoto, depicts the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, taiga trees in Siberia, the Soyuz spacecraft and swans from the Swan Lake ballet.

"The kimono portrays Russia well," Asiya, a Russian model who wore the traditional Japanese garment, said in Japanese.

The project is led by nonprofit organization Imagine Oneworld Inc., which makes kimonos in cooperation with the embassies of 195 countries recognized by the Japanese government.

Japanese Kimono Olympic Games 2020

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