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Kimono Beauties – Seijinshiki 2014

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on March 14, 2014

Every now and then I knocked to the floor of just how fantastic Japan is. There are so many little things that make up the whole, even if you can’t see the forest for all the trees, you can find any amount of cool stuff, great people or heart warming customs to enjoy. One of the first things that floored me where the beauty of the national dress, the kimono. Even after decades in Japan I still stop and stare like a tourist every time I see a kimono on the streets of Tokyo. I guess it is a good thing that I still look like a complete tourist most of the time, map, note books and camera in hand! This weekend is the peak of the graduation ceremony season here in Japan and a great opportunity to see people that are just stunning in their style and grace, or lacking grace, at least a heart warming cuteness, both young men and women. Having the vast majority of my days tightly scheduled makes it hard for me to go out and enjoy it as much as I want to, so instead I went through some of the photos of this year’s seijinshiki ceremony, as I saw it at Tokyo’s grand Meiji Shrine. The young women looked fantastic and I just wanted to share some of the photos with you. Looking forward to the coming of age ceremony in 2015 already!

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  1. Dina Farmer said, on March 14, 2014 at 6:06 am

    My favorite time of year for you! Love this!!! My favorite is the last shot!

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    • Dina Farmer said, on March 14, 2014 at 6:08 am

      I suppose if you visit my blog at the end of the year you’ll see that I moved in the middle of the pacific to a island filled with a ton of Japanese people but yet and still the last state to join the union. :P

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    • tokyobling said, on March 26, 2014 at 12:27 am

      Thank you Dina! (^-^)/

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  2. gregoireb said, on March 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Great images! As always… I especially like the black and white one. That turned out really well!

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  3. pk1154 said, on March 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I wish I could see the hair ornament on the young woman in paired picture. And she’s wearing a short bob. Very practical!

    (The colors in that kimono–ivory, black, golds and green–would go with my complexion. Though I’d prefer russet or copper to the scarlet accents. But I wear my hair dark auburn. With her hair and complexion, that red works well.)

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    • tokyobling said, on March 26, 2014 at 12:30 am

      I wanted to take more photos of her but I didn’t want to take up too much of her time, she was already besieged with photographers! It is a very unusual kimono style for sure. Never seen anything like it “in the wild”.

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  4. Emily Cannell said, on March 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I so agree with you TB- my favorite time of year was this and seeing the stunning kimonos.

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  5. Cathryn said, on March 15, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I will literally never forget the time i followed a young woman in a kimono through Ueno last year. She was perfect and I felt like a giant elephant next to her. These women are gorgeous!!! Amazing photos.

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    • tokyobling said, on March 26, 2014 at 12:35 am

      Haha… a common experience for us western lovers of Japanese traditional clothes! (^-^;)

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  6. Timi said, on March 18, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I never get bored of kimono posts..they are plain beautiful (of course along with the ladies wearing them:D)

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