This is same "knot festival", previous one. The cloth she wearing is not "kimono", but "yukata", in English
"an unlined cotton kimono". A yukata is a Japanese garment, a casual summer kimono usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric, and unlined. Yukata are worn by both men and women. Like other forms of traditional Japanese clothing, yukata are made with straight seams and wide sleeves. Men's yukata are distinguished by the short ~10cm sleeve extension from the armpit seam. Women's yukata are distinguished by the long ~20cm sleeve extension from the armpit seam. A standard yukata ensemble consists of a cotton undergarment (juban), yukata, obi, bare feet, sandals (geta), a foldable or fixed hand fan, and a carry bag (kinchaku). Kinchaku are used by both men and women to carry cellphones, sunglasses, wallets and tissue. For men, an optional hat or derby may also be worn to protect the head from the sun. yukata literally means bath(ing) clothes,though their use is not limited to after-bath wear. Yukata are a common sight in Japan during the hot summer months (starting in July).
Traditionally yukata were mostly made of indigo-dyed cotton but today a wide variety of colors and designs are available. As with kimono, the general rule with yukata is that younger people wear bright, vivid colors and bold patterns, while older people wear dark, matured colors and dull patterns. A child may wear a multicolored print and a young woman may wear a floral print, while an older woman would confine herself to a traditional dark blue with geometric patterns. Men in general may wear solid dark colors. Since the late 1990s, yukata have experienced a revival. Yukata are worn at outdoor summer events such as hanabi (fireworks) displays and bon-odori festivals. Yukata are also worn at Japanese inns ryokan after bathing.
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MuhanadY (144) 2012-10-30 2:48
Color combination looks very nice. and the angle is great.
yquem46 (38750) 2012-10-30 2:59
Beautiful portrait of this young woman in her splendid traditional cloth
Good pov from low angle and very little disturbance by the foliage at BG
Bravo, have a nice day
sandpiper (6788) 2012-10-30 3:09
An excellent portrait of this attractive young woman in traditional dress. Great colours and composition. One of your best in my opinion
holmertz (47178) 2012-10-30 3:32
A fine portrait of a well posing beautiful girl. Every detail of her clothes and appearance underlines her beauty. The good light and blurred background also make this a very fine photo.
leo61 (0) 2012-10-30 4:29
I like a lot her warm smile and the traditional dress.
Great portrait,taken from a good low POV.
Noel_Byrne (28176) 2012-10-30 8:36
You can really sense the pride this girl has in her appearance and costume, and as always, you have captured that perfectly. She looks as she is very pleased to have the chance to pose for your shot, and it has come out wonderfully. Lovely slight side glance and colours, and a great note again. Thanks as always!
lousat (85018) 2012-10-30 10:15
Hi Takero,beautiful pic and a very elegant pose,like a movie star of 1930,great capture whit the usual spectacular details and pastel colors and a perfect exposure for the best white.Have a nice day from a cold Milano,Luciano
macjake (63232) 2012-10-30 10:21
a clean and sharp image.
I really do enjoy this one.
the white outfit comes out brightly, and the peach color on the fan is a beautiful addition to the overall scene.
a perfect Takero shot! :)
enjoy your day
bema (26407) 2012-10-30 10:28
a stunning portrait, as mostly in your perfect art of making such stunning pictures..
this yukata looks really petty, as the young lady does, too..
thanks for sharing and highlightning my evening!
all the best, kind regards Bernd
jester5 (2024) 2012-10-30 10:53
A beautiful portrait Takero.As always excellent sharpness and colour with a very interesting note to go with it.
jemaflor (91349) 2012-10-30 13:02
Another very good portrait well taken, perfect sharpness, ineresting glance, nice smile, tfs.
saxo042 (37730) 2012-10-30 14:32
A beautiful woman in a very elegant pose. Her dress shows many interesting pattern and her fan has a very fine colour. The interesting note increases the value of this contribution!
mesutilgim (90766) 2012-10-30 15:16
Very nice portrait shot with good pov and good layout.
Many nice details and interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
aliabazari (16091) 2012-10-30 20:09
emka (89461) 2012-10-30 23:31
Hi Taker, What a charming young lady in her yukata. Wonderful shy smile, beautiful hanbd gesture. Wonderful portrait.
wolf38 (31284) 2012-10-31 0:12
Hello Takero. A photo from the master's hand. Well seen and realized. The young woman has the perfect posture for this Photo. Perfectly.
SWEETFREEDOM (24124) 2012-10-31 1:27
great half body portrait. beautiful pose and dress. i like details and sharpness.
very good work.
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-10-31 5:01
hello Takero - What a lovely and very elegant woman. She looks so feminine in her yukata and I love the designs (script I presume) printed on the white cloth. They are wonderfully graphic in look and the red fan with a similar motif is held so attractively by the delicate hands. The young woman's head is held with poise and her expression is rather mysterious. Lovely work. TFS and warm regards Rosemary
jhm (146700) 2012-10-31 5:42
Your portraits are always a pearl for look at.
Perfect cared without mistakes, I like your style of photography.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect taken.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
COSTANTINO (61447) 2012-10-31 5:45
as we can see it is a worthseeing shot
her face and her expression are very
wellcaptured,good pov with low angle
attractive young woman with a beautiful
traditional dress,the tradition is
raszid62 (18515) 2012-10-31 10:20
Beautiful lady in white. Of course, I do not know Japanese writing, but I wonder what kind of writing on her robe and range. She has a nice, yet mysterious smile. Portrait of excellent quality.
ourania (39016) 2012-10-31 13:10
Hello dear Takero,
I like very much your upward point of view and the wonderful way you've captured the elegant girl posing gracefully, looking away but probably aware of your lens and attention. I love the softness of light and colours, the absolute naturalness of the skin tones and the reds that radiate warmth in a frame with many cool hues. Sharpness is impeccable and the portrait looks very vivid. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great month,
TRB (13974) 2012-10-31 13:15
a perfect portrait.
colors, superb clarity and detail
Greetings from Turkey
marabu61 (10023) 2012-10-31 14:39
Konichiwa Takero san
What a beautiful lady in a even more beautiful yukata. Again one of your stunningly perfect portraits.
I remember that in our hotel room in Tokyo we where provided with a free yukata and they are really comfortable to wear.
Superb note as well, again I learned a lot about the tradition of wearing a yukata from it.
have a good day
Sonata11 (33717) 2012-10-31 18:56
Beautiful shot of this beautiful a little girl. AWESOME !!!!!
Magnificent execution, an excellent colors and saturation. Nice light and sharpness.
Great composition and presentation.
Warm regards my friend,
mirosu (15878) 2012-11-01 21:03
A perfect portrait, with a lovely pose and a clean background. This well composed image taken from a straight angle viewpoint and using simple composition rules makes the lady appear dominant, and almost regal.
I like the perfect clarity and marvelous color combination. Very well done. Bravo. have a nice weekend.
Cricri (113671) 2012-11-03 2:06
Très joli portrait élégance, douceur dans le regard, les éléments décoratives dans ces cheveux et les dessins de son kimono, netteté sur un léger flou des branches, compliment
Angshu (56740) 2012-11-06 20:27
Hello dear Takero-san
Wat a delightful face...full of innocence & grace & her poise witha slightly tilted head...its a pro photographer at work Takero-san! Loved the pastel colours on her traditional clothes & her fan. Excellent!
Best Regards from a nippy Mumbai
annjackman (21400) 2012-11-09 20:53
I have missed your wonderful pictures while I was on holiday. This one I particularly like. It is a beautiful and dignified portrait of this woman. The black and white yukata is beautifully contrasted with the touches of red that she is wearing.
Best wishes, Ann
- Copyright: Takero KAWABATA (bukitgolfb301) (38528)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-09-19
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Canon 1D Mark‡W, Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-30 2:41
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