There are many occasions for people in Japan to wear the Kimono, a traditional Japanese garment. Kimonos come in many beautiful and sophisticated designs and colors. Kimonos are commonly worn for commemorative events such as Shichi-go-san(七五三）, Coming of Age, and weddings, which I will explain in more detail.
Shichi-go-san happens on November 15 of each year to celebrate the growth, health and well-being of a child. It is celebrated during the passage of a child’s growth, when the boy turns three and five years old or when the girl turns three or seven years old. The common practice of this celebration is for the family to visit the shrine to give thanks to god and wish for their child’s continued health and growth. A modern day practice is to take a professional photography at a studio to preserve this commemorative moment in a form of a picture.
Coming of Age
The coming of age is a ceremony to congratulate the adulthood of those who turned 20 years old and no longer treated as children. In Japan, 20 years old is an important year as all youth are recognized adult privileges, such as drinking and smoking, and expected to fulfill adult responsibilities. Women wear the Furisode, a style of Kimono with long sleeves worn by typically by unmarried women. Men either wear a traditional Japanese garment, Hakama, or wear normal black suits. The coming of age ceremony is a national event that takes place in local city offices. This ceremony also serves as a reunion as attendees return back to their hometown where they attended primary or middle school and reunite with old classmates, teachers, and friend’s families. After the ceremony, “new adults” go out to drink legally for the first time and enjoy the beginning of their adulthood.
These are some coming of age photo shoot pictures.
During a wedding, the brides wear a special white Kimono called the Shiromuku. In recent days, many couples perform western style weddings. However, these Shito style weddings still exist as many couples want to preserve their culture and wear the beautiful Kimono. After their wedding these women no longer wear the “Furisode” as they are now “married” women. Instead, they wear a new style of Kimono called the Tomesode where the sleeves are much shorter.
Other than these three occasions I have talked about, there are many more instances where the Kimono is work. People where Kimono’s during family reunions, shrine visits, New Years Day, and Funerals.
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