September 29, 2010

K is for Kimono

Are these middle-aged women I saw in full traditional garments - or kimono - former geisha or are they just dressed up for a photo op on a glorious Sunday at the temple in Kyoto? I didn't care; I thought they and their rich and colorful silk attire were simply fabulous!

 
 
 
Kyoto, 2009

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26 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous, colorful post for the K Day, Francisca! I worked for a Japanese company for a number of years before I retired and I so enjoy getting to know more about their culture! Your photos are terrific! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Leslie: said...

Beautiful shots! When my parents went to Japan, they were very impressed with the people and their culture. My mother bequeathed me four Japanese ladies done in Spanish lladro and I just love them. Two are in kimonos. Have a lovely week! :D

Gabriela Abalo said...

Great pictures Francisca - I love the colors and details.

loveNlight
Gabi

Linda said...

What stunning colours. Beautiful photos,

Linda
ABC Wednesday Team

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous, Francisca, as always.
I would think these women were never geisha, but I am always willing to admit I could be wrong.

Kay
Alberta, Canada

EG Wow said...

The kimonos are so beautiful!

ρομπερτ said...

Surely a different pace of time.

Great pictures indeed. Please have a good Wednesday.

daily athens

photowannabe said...

Stunning colors and costumes. I love the way you captured the various features of the women.

Gramma Ann said...

Oh! I love those K pictures today. They are so beautiful, who cares if they are middle age, if we live long enough we all reach middle age. The Kimonos are just so lovely.
Fabulous choice for K day.

Roger Owen Green said...

these are lovely women in fascinating costumes.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Pagan Sphinx said...

Wonderful. Reminds me of Memoirs of a Geisha. Such an interesting tradition and culture; such beautiful, colorful garments. Wow. Thank you!

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tapirgal said...

There is simply nothing quite like this in the world, is there? These are wonderful shots of the women. Look at the interesting treatment of how the paint ends on their upper backs. I'd never seen this.

Kaori said...

I'm always in awe of the Geisha and Maiko I see in Kyoto! You've captured the beauty of both the women and the kimono here! Just gorgeous!
I'm not an expert but from their facial expressions and the way they hold themselves, I don't think they are Geisha...although many choose not to marry and continue to perform. I'd love to have a chance to be a Geisha for a day, even just to take photos like this :D

Evelyn said...

I love these photos.

Ann said...

I met two 1/2 japanese girls on Sunday. I asked if they watch Oshin TV series and they didn't know.

Joanne said...

Wonderful!! I fell in love with Japan, these fabrics and detail are just extraordinary, I could have bought and bought and bought so many kimonos but I didn't..... next time:)))

shootingparrots said...

Fabulous colours.

VP said...

A great contrast with the derelict ruins of yesterday. What can I say? The kimonos are gorgeous and I don't really care either if these are former geishas, city clerks or saleswomen...

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

I love the photos. Such beautiful kimono.

RuneE said...

An extremely colourful attire, and very well depicted.

PS But it must be difficult to walk in those shoes :-)

jay said...

Those costumes are fabulous, and so complicated! It must take just ages to dress!

Jay - ABC Wednesday team

Jacob said...

Beautiful intricacy are the words that came to mind. Attention has been paid to every little detail. The kimonos are dazzling, of course, but one can see that everything about their costume is perfectly done -- not a hair out of place.

Lovely photos!

jabblog said...

Such beautiful garments - it must take a long time to dress in these costumes but how wonderful they look when the transformation is complete.

JM said...

WOW! Fantastic details! Every shot is beautiful!

Amazing story you told me about your mother and the jellyfish!

☺lani☺ said...

These are cool! I remember my Japanese classmate, she gave me a kimono and I wore it near the beach here in Taipei just for pictorial. Wishing I could wear that once again with matching make-up (like I would like geisha) :)
Have a nice day!

Leif Hagen said...

Subarashi!! I love, love your kimono photos - they're award winning! Reminds me of my two years of teaching English in Japan back in 1990!
Fun to discover your global blog today!
Sayonara from EAGAN daily photo blog