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Kimono In The Snowstorm

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on January 15, 2013

Yesterday was a national holiday, the Seijin no hi, which roughly translates as the coming of age day. It is a day to celebrate all the people that turn twenty during the year, and thus turn into fully fledged adults. In Tokyo it also happened to be the day of one of the biggest snow storms for many many years! Tokyo was thick with snow and on any street you happened to pass you would see cars that were stuck in the sticky snow or cars that were unable to go uphill. I and a couple of other random people who walked past one minivan that was hopelessly stuck managed to get it moving after about 15 minutes of pushing and heaving. Great fun, but not very typical of Tokyo winter weather. Usually you see thousands of beautifully dressed young people but despite spending the day outside I did not see more than a handful, as several train lines had stopped running all subway lines were delayed more or less throughout the day. Here are two beauties that I managed to stop and ask to take a picture of! Normally it isn’t this easy to get people to pose, but I think they realized how special the situation was! As a bonus, the last photo is of a taxi who after struggling for 10 minutes trying to go up the slight incline of a hill decided to turn around and go back instead, it took 3 people the better part of half an hour to get the taxi away! Luckily there was very little traffic on the streets today.

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  1. sph3re said, on January 15, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Excellent pictures! I really like the contrast of colorful kimono with the snow!

  2. Hangaku Gozen said, on January 15, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Did the young women actually walk in the snow with just geta and tabi socks on their feet? I hope they didn’t get frostbite!

    • tokyobling said, on January 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      They sure did! I think they are fine, my leather suit shoes weren’t much more protection…!

  3. Shelly Najjar said, on January 15, 2013 at 4:38 am

    I really like these pictures. The kimonos are so colorful against the snow!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

    • tokyobling said, on January 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment Shelly, and good luck with your great career! You have a lot of important work in front of you! (^-^)/

  4. Sabine said, on January 15, 2013 at 9:45 am

    There is such a beautiful contrast with the woman in the first photo against the snow. There’s something about the kimono she is wearing that suits the scenery well.

    You can really see how heavy the snow was coming down! But at least it didn’t get in the way of the kimono beauties. Lovely photos ^_^

    • tokyobling said, on January 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      It didn’t stop these two! I think I saw about 4 more in other places around Tokyo, it was a really bad weather day… (^-^;) Thanks for the kind comment Sabine!

  5. lilichan06 said, on January 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Wonderful pictures!
    It’s so nice!
    Colored kimonos and white snow are so beautiful :-)

    • tokyobling said, on January 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Lili! I agree, it looks great! They were brave to go out in that weather…!

  6. Sofia said, on January 15, 2013 at 11:11 am

    wonderful! Very beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • tokyobling said, on January 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you! And you have a lovely blog by the way! (^-^)

      • Sofia said, on January 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm

        Oh, thank you so much! Glad you like it :-)

  7. amadl said, on January 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    BeautifuL! I hope the girLs were warm and didn’t get sick after the ceremony..

    • tokyobling said, on January 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      I hope so too… I hope I don’t get sick either…. (^-^;)

  8. pk1154 said, on January 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Reminds me of a print my father brought back from Japan (ca. 1954), a beauty in a kimono holding an umbrella to ward off the snow.

  9. Timi said, on January 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Whoa, I know it’s about the kimono ladies, and I agree that they are beautiful, but the snow! :D First time I see a post like this, with all that snow coming down! I love it!

  10. Emily Cannell said, on January 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    TB- one of my most FAVORITE of your posts! The girl in purple is such a contrast and then the girl and her Dad are so happy and proud. You so captured the happiness on an a very odd day!

    • tokyobling said, on January 16, 2013 at 4:18 am

      Thank you Emily! I think I had a feeling you would like this! It is my most ambleresque post so far! See? I am learning! (^-^) And you know my weak spot for photos of happy dads… (^-^;)

  11. schronienie said, on January 16, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    kimonos in the snow. love it.

  12. Gay said, on January 16, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    The kimono’s and the snow make for very striking photos. However, the thought of tabi’s and geta’s in the snow make my feet cold!

    • tokyobling said, on January 17, 2013 at 3:57 am

      Thank you Gay! Indeed, I was wearing thing suit shoes and my feet were thoroughly cold! And wet! (^-^;)


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