*edit: I replaced the original photo with a second one. This shot has a second lady in the background in more modern garb. I original chose the one of the kimono lady alone because I enjoyed her loneliness and isolation in the scene.
But I think that a juxtaposition of tradition and modernity is more interesting, while the feeling of loneliness is not much diminished by the modern woman walking away into the light of the subway. I feel there is a kind of longing in the kimono lady. (Though this might be actually because she is waiting for a bus, but that is the beauty of photography, we can lie by choosing what to show.)
Please! Tell me what you think on this matter!