I love pyjamas, me. That’s why I moved to Japan. Because everyone knows no-one knows pyjamas like the Japanese.
But what about the history of pyjamas, I hear you ask. Well, it’s accepted by most scholars that the earliest precursors to pyjamas originated in China over two thousand years ago.
As they spread throughout Asia many different styles of pyjama developed.
Less old school, but pyjamas nonetheless
In Japan many excellent styles of pyjamas developed. Over time they became so good that they achieved worldwide fame.
Their popularity is so great that a fine set of pyjamas is now considered an important status symbol. Accordingly the very best pyjamas command high prices and bring prestige to their owners. As you would expect, this rampant consumerist desire can lead to some ugly scenes around this time of year.
Out of curiosity, I recently decided to try pyjamas for myself. So I went to my local budokan (literally: ‘pyjama changing salon’).
Unfortunately I had a pyjama-related accident and had to spend a few weeks in hospital. Luckily this meant that I got to wear nothing but pyjamas for two whole weeks. You can imagine how glad I was.