2010年01月24日

A kimono-clad lady and a little girl at Meiji-shrine,Tokyo, early in the New Year,2010.

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It is becoming less common to to see women in kimono in Japan in the recent years, except at special occasions like tea ceremonies and wedding parties. Kimono is just on the brink of being designated as an endangered species! However,if you would pay a visit to a nearby shrine early in the new year, you could encounter women in such Japanese attire as kimono, both young ones and older ones. A long sleeved Kimono called "Furisode" is basically worn by a maiden lady for full dress, which makes her on the right in the picture a unwed girl. Viewed from this way of understanding, how is the little girl related to the lady? Any way, no matter how a kimono requires semi-professional ability to learn how to be dressed, its graceful appearance attracts attention.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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