Kyoto in Black and White
|Most of the kimono girls are tourists renting the outfit with hair and makeup, but nobody minds at all. |
Wish there were more of them though! All photos taken in June 2014.
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I was really lucky to have stumbled upon Higashiyama / Sannen-zaka shopping street while going online and looking at the map during my stay in Kyoto. It was roughly a 10-minute bus ride from our hotel, so it was totally meant for us to go there and the nearby temples including Kiyomizu-dera. We had a good feeling the moment we stepped on the bus - half of the passengers were men and women dressed in kimonos! That's when we realized we were definitely going the right way. Not only did a wonderful sight welcome us when we got there, but I also discovered where all the mochi of different flavors being offered as free samples were! And I happen to *adore* mochi.
From the moment I was there, I instinctively knew that a lot of these scenes would look much better in black and white. Monochrome photos evoke a sense of nostalgia, mystery, or just pure silence. So I couldn't wait to go home and edit hand-picked photos on my computer. These are the surreal results of my vision.
|This photo could almost pass for a photo from a hundred years ago. The old man in the cap helped a lot.|
|Japanese schoolgirls climbing the stairs to the top. Careful not to let anyone see between your legs, girls!|
|More Japanese schoolgirls, and a seemingly time-traveling lady from the 80s taking a photo of them with her smartphone.|
|Why do I feel this semi-barefoot monk (?) is an expert in martial arts?|
Kiyomizu-dera in the background.
|Four kimono-donning travel friends and their shadows|
|The same kimono friends|
|Making the pilgrimage|
|This is probably what a typical summer day looks like here in the last few centuries.|
|Carrying an umbrella makes the ladies look even more quaint.|
|MANLY. Because kimonos aren't just for women...|
|...they're totally for men too, including the pouches.|
|Because the pouches complete the look.|
|Pretty travelers from Hong Kong share a moment.|
|Wishing for hope, luck, love, peace and inspiration...|
|...as many before her have done.|