Itoshiki-sensei is always seen wearing a kimono whereever he is, except in episode six when he is in his hometown, wearing a shirt, but after that he change his clothes to a kimono again.

Itoshiki in a kimono Itoshiki in a shirt


The show uses a lot of traditional Japanese cultural imagery, including the characters' clothes. Wikipedia says the style is supposed to be taken from Showa period (most probably 1926~1989 years, less likely 1312~1317).

It's a comedy and satire show, so naturally, the main protagonist would wear something noticeable as a traditional kimono. But because characters are usually seen in modern environment, things like this keep us from forgetting the older-timey setting.

  • The Shōwa period (昭和時代 Shōwa jidai?, potentially "period of enlightened peace/harmony" or "period of radiant Japan"), or Shōwa era, is the period of Japanese history corresponding to the reign of the Shōwa Emperor, Hirohito, from December 25, 1926, through January 7, 1989.[1] Don't know how you got the 1300s... – nhahtdh Mar 7 '14 at 20:34
  • I cite the first paragraph from Wikipedia in my comment. – nhahtdh Mar 8 '14 at 4:24
  • lol Willipedia? – Dimitri mx Mar 8 '14 at 13:19

There's one episode (can't recall the number off of my head) where Itoshiki-Sensei exclaims that he's a "Bona-fide Japanese" (in one of the subbed translations I was watching) and it's possible he's not really fond of westernized shirts/clothes that much.

  • But he does wear them at home. Gotta be a reason why. – Hakase Mar 8 '14 at 17:15

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