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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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Danilov89 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
This moment captured reminds me of this song www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iesdct…
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Photographer
I like that! It definitely fits the photo. :D
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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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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
Yep! Do you live in Japan? :D
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:iconneverman:
neverman Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
yes I live in Kawaguchi next to Akabane.
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
Ah, cool! I live in Ikebukuro! :D
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:iconthe-darkwolf:
The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
:heart:
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional 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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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! I'm happy that you can take away a lot from this photo! :D
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:iconwchild:
wchild Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student Photographer
Fantastic mood. I come from Finland so I know the snow and winter feeling. =)
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :D Snow in Tokyo is a really rare occurrence. I pretty much grab my camera and get out there any time it snows, haha! :D
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:iconsteppeland:
steppeland Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013   Photographer
Interesting tradition - never heard about that... Great documentary shot - and yes, I would like to see her from the front too ;)
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks! I'm glad it caught your interest! :D
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:iconcodyrush:
codyrush Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
I keep trying to find a tasteful kimono designer site: you wouldn't happen to know of any, would you?
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
I'm sorry. I have no idea. I only photograph other people wearing them, haha! :D
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:icondreezed:
DreEzed Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
This photo is just so awesome!
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you!! :D
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:icondreezed:
DreEzed Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Hope to be able to choose good composition like you.
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
It just takes lots of deliberate practice! :D
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redracer01 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Shoot from the front. Very nice photo. More light please. Less colour. Use different angle.
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noperson Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
i agree with "shooting from the front" but just as monk's said - it isn't always the most interesting approach. Light is what it is - just like monk's said. different angle i can't even comment on that. but color? why less color?? perhaps if you could specify the reasons why what you're suggesting would work better...
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
The light is what it is. Shooting from the front is not always the most interesting shot. I love color. That being said, all you say is true.
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donalddane Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is one of my favorite photos on deviantART! Amazing, I love it.
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Glad you like it! :D
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
very pretty photo :)
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :D
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
you're welcome^^
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:iconmotise:
Motise Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This photo is amazing, i love it! Pure art!
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconmotise:
Motise Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Youre welcome, keep them coming haha love your gallery!:D
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kombinat Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
really beautiful picture :thumbsup:
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :D
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kombinat Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:handshake:
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Fuyou-hime Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
This photograph is very beautiful. I really like the lighting and the framing. Your photographs always have the strong feeling of a story to them, I'm really drawn into them.

But I must say, her kimono is soooooo confusing! First off, her obi bow is in the front! People assume (erroniously) that a front-tied obi is the sign of a "working woman", but actually it used to be the regular fashion for married women in the Edo period and then fell out of fashion as obi, and thus obi bows, became too big and thus too difficult for the regular woman to use while doing chores. A front-tied obi has basically been an impossible fashion choice for well over a century, but it has been working its way back into haute couture/experimental fashion photoshoots. I never see it outside of that context, and this is the first time I've seen it on the street rather then on a model. Furthermore, her kimono collars are pulled down really low. If it wasn't for the fur shawl, we'd probably be able to see her shoulders. That's also done in non-traditional costumes (like cosplay) and experimental fashion, but it's hard to pull off since the kimono's not designed to be worn that way and there ends up being a lot of unattractive excess fabric on the back and sides (you can see how it was tucked in on the upper arms). The fact that she has it so neat and trim is really amazing, it definitely took some effort!

This is certainly not your traditional Seijin-shiki ensemble!!!!
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! And thanks for the analysis. It's always interesting to read as I really don't know very much about kimono. You mentioned that it's not a traditional seijinshiki style, so I think this might be what's in fashion at the time. I saw a number of girls wearing kimono similar to this one, and they always have a fur shawl. I'm not informed enough to notice the details, such as where the collar and sleeves lie. But they all seemed to have been dressed this way last weekend. Thanks again! :D
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Fuyou-hime Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Fur shawls are actually pretty standard for winter furisode (and thus Seijin-shiki) and have been for decades, but if all of the girls were dressed as daringly as this woman was then that would be very amazing! Seijin-Shiki is one of the only occasions most girls will have in their lives to wear really expensive and glamorous furisode (some parents will buy a furisode for their daughter's Seijin-Shiki, but a lot rent it), so they tend to be rather traditional about it. It would be great if more girls decided to be really fashion forward about it. There have been signs in kimono fashion lately that show that more and more women are looking at kimono and seeing a viable clothing option rather then a traditional costume. I keep hoping that this isn't a fad and that kimono are working their way back into closets.
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
Now I wish I had taken a closer look, or more photos. :D But as you mentioned, I think kimono are becoming a bit more popular with young women, as I do see them sometimes. But this is more common in ritzy neighborhoods like Ginza. However, for the most part, older women tend to wear kimono on a regular basis. Do you think one big factor might be cost? It seems that a kimono is really expensive no matter how you handle it (renting vs buying). The only way it might be easy to get one is as an heirloom in the family.

I do agree that it would be cool if more woman wore kimono. It would certainly add an exotic element to my photos. :D
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Fuyou-hime Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
The expense of a kimono is actually dependent to a large extent on its formality. A lot of people will say kimono are incredibly expensive to purchase, but they're usually thinking only of the most formal type of kimono. That kind of kimono is very expensive, but a high quality informal kimono isn't that expensive. It would cost about the same as buying a nice dress from a really big brand name from a major department store. It's not cheap, but it's not out of the realm of possibility for someone who has disposable income. There are also shops like Mamechiyo Modern that are trying to make inexpensive brand new kimono (inexpensive being the equivalent of a less famous brand-name). Of course, kimono made of polyester or wool are rarely expensive.

Also, this only applies to brand-new kimono. Used kimono are only a fraction of their brand-new cost. I've purchased an extremely high-quality formal kimono that probably cost close to a thousand when new for less then fifty dollars. It's not really classy to brag about this, mind you, but that's the reality of the situation. If a girl has a budget but she really wants to develop a kimono wardrobe, she'll probably go to a consignment shop. It's been noted that a large influx of cheap and stylish pre-war kimono in consignment shops is part of what lead to an increase in kimono popularity.
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
That's pretty cool. Japanese people tend to avoid second-hand goods. But I'm glad to hear that some people are buying antique kimonos as I believe that adds to the character. :D
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TheMoonSamurai Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
regardless this seems to be pretty awesome. Wish I was there. .-P
Oh well.
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
There's always next year! :D
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TheMoonSamurai Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
yeah... But really I'd like to see the cherry blossoms and maybe go to a festival. .-)
once I did that then my life would be complete. .-D
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IJS-Creations Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional
Trekking through the snow to get to the DVD shop. Sounds like me! :D
Those really aren't the shoes to be wearing in snow... REALLY sounds like me now. ;)

Cool shot(as usual), brotha!
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :D There were so many girls out that day, due to the ceremony, suffering in very inappropriate shoes for a snow storm. I pitied them in my bright Goretex water proof shoes, haha. :D
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JJNeepinFilms Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's an interesting shot. I like how you get the feeling, despite her lovely kimono and she's off to her coming of age ceremony..adult hood isn't always so great. That is reflected in the alley way she is walking down. Despite the traditions and ceremony attached to turning 20..the scenery is still the same.
Or something like that. hehe.
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
I really like your interpretation! I think coming of age ceremonies in general can have a certain sense of disillusionment. Yeah, you did the ceremony, but you don't change very much in a single day, you still feel like a kid. And it's back to the gloomy world. :D Thank you! :D
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