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Kim Kardashian West has [angered / angrily] people in Japan after launching a new line of lingerie called 'Kimono Intimates'. People in Japan have [reacted / reaction] with anger and have accused Kardashian of cultural appropriation. They say the lingerie [gratingly / greatly] disrespects Japanese culture. The kimono is an iconic [symbol / symbolic] in Japan and is [considered / considerate] the country's national dress. It is an [exquisite / exquisitely] decorated, long-sleeved robe tied with an [ornate / emanate] sash. It is usually made of silk and is worn on [specially / special] occasions. A Japanese woman explained to the BBC: "We wear kimonos to celebrate health, [grown / growth] of children, engagements, marriages, graduations, at funerals. It's celebratory wear and passed on in families through the [generation / generations] ."

There has been a lot of [backlash / whiplash] against Kardashian West on social media. Apart [for / from] the lingerie having no [resemblance / remembrance] to real kimono or anything Japanese, the American [social / socialite] is also trying to trademark kimono-worded brands. She has [filed / flied] trademarks for "Kimono Body", "Kimono Intimates" and "Kimono World". One Twitter user wrote: "What a [disguising / disgusting] thing to use the word 'kimono'. It's disrespectful to Japanese [culture / cultural] . True cultural appropriation." Another person tweeted: "I feel very [sadly / sad] that the name 'Kimono' is being used for something [complete / completely] different from what we Japanese know about it. I feel this name choice is [simply / simple] ignorant." She ended her tweet with #KimOhNo.

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