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NIKON CORPORATION
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Jan 14, 2013, 3:57:58 PM
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S E I J I N S H I K I by burningmonk S E I J I N S H I K I by burningmonk
Monday was coming-of-age day in Japan. It's a ceremony during which people who turned 20 last year celebrate their adulthood. The girls wear kiminos like this. But the snow really put a damper on things.

(I really gotta stop shooting people from behind!) :D
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Content wise, this is a visually stunning piece. A woman wearing the traditional dress while carrying a purse in a cluttered alley sends a remarkable message. In Japan, many old traditions are fading away. And yet, here we see the persistence of an age-old ceremony in a modern society. This sort of juxtaposition makes for a gripping image. Seeing her walking alone in the snow after what was a major occasion can also be interpreted as a metaphor for loneliness in the cold, adult world.

The alley has a lot going on, but its composition allows you to focus the woman quite well. However, I find the bright neon colors and lights in the upper left corner very distracting. You could simply change it to black and white. And if the woman blends into the background, you could add color to the kimono.

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful piece with us.
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neverman Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
I remember that day, I was very interesting to see all those girl in Kimono stuck in a snow storm.
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014   Photographer
Yep! Do you live in Japan? :D
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neverman Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
yes I live in Kawaguchi next to Akabane.
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014   Photographer
Ah, cool! I live in Ikebukuro! :D
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
:heart:
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   Photographer
:D
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
:)
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PeaceLilies Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Pulls the viewer in with wonder. Feeling the chill, seeing her in traditional dress and wondering if she is modern woman, suppressed woman, woman who choses a certain lifestyle. A photo worth a thousand words.
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much! I'm happy that you can take away a lot from this photo! :D
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wchild Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   Photographer
Fantastic mood. I come from Finland so I know the snow and winter feeling. =)
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