Alas, dear readers, this is my final Seijin no Hi photo. Perhaps the culmination of all the other photos. For reasons not made clear to this foreigner, the joyous 20 year olds are posing with one of them in the air with his legs spread wide. A particularly fetching boy seems to be reaching his hand towards legs-spread-wide’s groin.
I can only imagine how much more fun happened after they got drunker. There’s something practically Muslim about how almost all Japanese socializing is same sex. I love it!
Soon there was a horde of hot young 20 year olds combining traditional dress with big fried hair and excess testosterone. It didn’t take long for them to start falling all over each other, lit cigarettes in hand. I hope that they needed to pose for me, as much as I enjoyed their antics. I especially like how you can see inside the fallen boy’s skirt, I mean, “hakama” (袴).
I realize I don’t show much female fashion in Japan. However, the countryside convinces me that the world may not have sufficient cosmetics for long. Heavy make-up, piles of blond hair, dark tans, ciggies and traditional costume. Wow!
At the event we attended, there was a large group of women wearing traditional outfits with neon blue leg-warmers. Japan, you are the mistress of mix-and-match fashion. I love it!
Even the swan boats in this country town have luscious long lashes!
My blog is often youth-obsessed, but a trip to the countryside reminded me how well dressed Japan’s seniors can be. Above are a group of four mature men wearing festive coats.
Below you can see another guy dressed to perfection. I like his combination of traditional and contemporary fashion.
And, lastly, I was amazed by this lovely mature lady with her miniature dog peeking out of her backpack. Despite four tiny legs, this dog probably doesn’t walk much!
Yes, this is a blog about Nakano and Tokyo, and mostly I am observing fashion in the city. A recent weekend trip to a famous country town, however, was eye-opening.
I am fascinating both by these traditional outfits and the extreme yankii fashions that rival anything I have seen in Shibuya. The Japanese countryside is a rich source of inspiration.
This is the first in a series of posts. Stay tuned for more.