Country: Japan   /   Location: Kurume, Fukuoka
Feature: Beauty & Clothing

Jinja (shrines) are a perfect backdrop for Japanese women wearing kimonos. Not all Japanese practice the Shinto religion, but all value the beauty of their temples. The sight of women wearing kimonos in an urban setting may seem incongruous but they are a propos amidst the sculpted gardens and tiled roof shrine. Women in traditional kimonos often go to shrines for no other reason than to have their photos taken.
Furisode kimonos on this picture are distinguishable by their long sleeves and elaborate colors and patterns. They are traditionally only worn by unmarried women. In the past young women declared their love for a man by fluttering the long, wide sleeves of their furisode kimono.

ID # jpnkimono13
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