Komorebi- A Japan photo memoir

komorebi (木漏れ日) –the sunshine filtering through the leaves of a tree; mellow and still, yet so nimble.
A photo tribute to the beautiful people and traditions of Japan.

Young, single girls often dress their best in public. The Kinkaku ji temple in the back ground is a popular destination for coming- of- age photo shoots.

Kimono is always used on important festivals or ceremonies, but also often worn as casual clothing by young, single women.’Furisode’ literally translates as swinging sleeves, are the most formal kimono for unmarried women

Obi is a sash for traditional kimono.

a fine hairdo is a must when wearing a kimono

 

The cherry blossoms and the silk kimonos create such an elegant sight!

The lady in red looks over the pond

The contemporary women’s obi is a very conspicuous accessory, sometimes even more so than the kimono robe itself. A fine, formal obi might cost more than the rest of the entire outfit!

Uchikake is a highly formal kimono worn only by a bride. It is often heavily brocaded and is supposed to be worn outside the actual kimono and obi, as a sort of coat.

Caught a rare glimpse of a Maiko- an apprentice Geisha, as she walked on the streets of Gion, Kyoto’s famous geisha district. A mature geisha will ordinarily wear subdued clothing, makeup, and hair in contrast to the apprentice

Temizu or Hand washing has its roots in the “Misogi” (purification) rituals. Sins and taints that have accumulated on the person without their knowledge were purified through dipping into the rivers or ocean. The custom gradually shifted to rinsing one’s hands and mouth before entering shrines

 

The traditional way to randomize your fortune is to shake a box full of numbered sticks, pick a Omikuji or paper fortune from the drawer with your number and wish for the best!

Omikuji are paper fortunes that can be found at temples and shrines throughout Japan. Tying them to the wire wall means signifies “sealing of the fate”

A private moment with God

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