Archive for 'Kimono'

Japan Fashion – The Color Purple

Japanese purple kimono

In Japan, the color purple often signifies wealth and position and was restricted for the use of those of high rank.

While purple was often worn in the winter months as a kimono color, it seems that it’s catching on a spring color in Japan. Check out this recent post by Japan Streets on how murasaki (purple) is taking spring fashion by storm.

I wonder if this traditional color system unconsciously influences the color choices of young people who are often not aware of these old Japanese customs, but are still exposed to them in their daily life.

Where To Get Geisha/Maiko Pictures Taken in Kyoto

Geisha & Maiko pictures taken in Kyoto, Japan.

I love getting dressed up in period costumes and getting my picture taken. Through the years I’ve been a Cowboy, Civil War General, Canadian Mountie, Samurai, and plenty of other strange occupations. During my visit to Japan I wanted to make sure that there were plenty of opportunities for touristy dress up pictures.

The one thing I really wanted was traditional Geisha or Maiko pictures, but I was pretty sure the chances of me bumping into any real life Geisha walking the streets on Kyoto was pretty slim. So, with my wife’s permission, I booked a photo session with one of the top studios specializing in Geisha and Maiko pictures.

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All About the Kimono

Japanese girls in kimono
The kimono has long been associated with the quintessential Japanese woman, and although you won’t see as many women wearing the kimono today, the kimono still has a very important place in Japanese society.

When you do happen to run across a Japanese woman clothed in a beautiful kimono you know that there has been plenty of thought that has gone into the design and the picking out of the perfect kimono. So let’s take a look at some of the history and uses of this beautiful garment.

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