In March, the traditional month for all university graduations in Japan, I happened to be in Tokyo’s Kudanshita district, just near the Budokan in the Kitamaru Koen. This was the big day for all students at Nihon Daigaku, the biggest university in Tokyo and in Japan with almost 70 000 undergraduate students. The graduation ceremony had ended and hundreds of the most wonderfully dressed young women paraded past me, of course I had to snap a few photos! The traditional graduation dress of women in Japan consist of the kimono over which a hakama is worn, the trouser like skirt also often worn by martial artists. It’s a gorgeous combination! To this form of kimono, it is common to wear boots of the 1920′s era rather than the more traditional sandals.
Some more shots from last weeks fashion check in Shibuya. You can see that autumn fashion is finally coming but there are still a few hold out of this year’s summer fashion (a good example being the girl in the second from last photo). The last photo is not exactly fashion, rather uniform! It’s a young woman dressed in the ever present “recruit suit”, the near standard outfit for university students in their final year. Believe it or not, but the majority of university students spend most of their last year in school hunting for a job, attending interviews and seminars. I’ve always wondered when they get time to study? Still, they do look good in their MIB style outfits!
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