‘Kyoto - Gion - Spring in Japan / Taking selfies’
’Sakura’ is the Japanese name for ornamental cherry trees that bloom abundantly all over the country in springtime.
The Meteorological Agency in Japan records the opening and the full bloom of the blossoms from the south of the country in late March to Hokkaidō in the north in the middle of May. The advance of the cherry blossoms across the country is also the subject of regular reports by the news agencies.
In Japan the transience of the blossoms, the extreme beauty and the quick death have often been associated with life and mortality. By this symbolism the cherry blossom is of great public interest. In spring 'flower viewing' is extremely popular.
The picture is taken in a higher part of Gion in Kyoto where people went to take pictures of the sunset through the branches with the blossoms.
Instead of posting a sunset picture I preferred this image of the young Japanese girls taking selfies.
Doesn’t spring look wonderful in Japan ?
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dip (23510) 2014-05-24 15:33
an image full of blossoms!
on the tree and also on the dresses of the ladies :)
very nice capture of the scene,
lousat (71321) 2014-05-24 15:39
Hi Paul,the cherry trees blooming is always a great moment in Japan,and you were very lucky to see this spectacle.A very nice capture,with these colorful girls making selfies...eheheh...i like the scene,original and very well done with a special quality of detail and exposure.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
daddo (22308) 2014-05-24 16:10
Hi Paul. Good planning to be there at Sakura time. i was there in Autumn, but not at peak time. The young ladies themselves look like blossoms. Nice moment- a mixture of ancient ways and modern. Regards. Klaudio.
emka (72098) 2014-05-24 22:46
Hi Paul, Now the people are taking selfies everywhere. It is less disturbing than posing for someone else. Marvelous photo with the women in kimonos and blossoming sakura trees. Better than n-th sunset :).
WArm regrads from Graz MAlgo
Gigidusud (13151) 2014-05-25 0:01
Très jolie scène dans un splendide décor printanier. J'aime beaucoup les jeunes filles en costumes traditionnel et le cerisier en fleur. Une photo originale qui ressemble à un tableau. J'aime beaucoup!
carlo62 (26722) 2014-05-25 0:08
bellissima composizione, piena di raffinati colori, grazie agli abiti tradizionali di queste giovani donne.
Curioso il loro atteggiamento, così tradizionale nella forma, ma così moderno con in mano le ultime novità tecnologiche.
siudzi (31641) 2014-05-25 2:24
They look so beautiful wearing the traditional kimonos full of amazing flowers patterns and motives. Very well seen and taken scene of daily life. A nice and funny in some way! TFS!
Have a nice Sunday!
ikeharel (51369) 2014-05-25 3:05
Traditional Kimonos and a modern cell-phones, each lady has, Paul.
The colors and the painted theme of the Kimonos are charming, and picture is under good light and saturation.
Spring blossom made the whole looks fabulousely.
marabu61 (7211) 2014-05-25 3:21
Konichiwa Paul san
Spring in Japan does indeed looks splendid in this beautiful photo. The amazing roofs of the houses with the beautiful cherry tree in full bloom would in itself make for a great photo, but with the added bonus of these gorgeous ladies in their even more beautiful kimonos it becomes a real winner. Wonderful scene, perfectly catched.
have a great sunday
jhm (134384) 2014-05-25 3:31
De nieuwste rage een selfie, werd wel op toegezien in het stemlokaal dat er geen genomen werden.
Deze vrouwen in hun traditionele kledij past uitstekend bij de bloesem van de Japanse kerselaar.
Uw foto is mooi en beheerst genomen met een aangename achtergrond.
Mooi foto werk, bedankt.
cornejo (27345) 2014-05-25 4:39
Hi Paul, very good view of this interesting and beautiful scene of daily life, very well captured in this very good photograph. Interesting picture with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
SWEETFREEDOM (21512) 2014-05-25 23:15
beautiful dresses. characteristic roofs and sakura trees.
Kamilutka (8083) 2014-05-26 1:54
this picture has combined plenty of different aspects and really like this originality. One can see the iconic cheery trees which has been always associated with Japan and some interesting looking architecture in the background but you were also very right about the group of the girls. Their bright colored kimonos are very eye catching and seeing them matched with contemporary cameras make funny contrast. Well spotted and executed.
Thanks for sharing
holmertz (36343) 2014-05-27 11:19
How I wish I could have taken this photo. It's so much more interesting than any other sunset. It has a perfect combination of beauty and humour, of Japanese traditions and the contemporary madness for taking selfies. I think it captures modern Japan perfectly.
Greetings from Poland.
Graal (95007) 2014-05-28 0:26
Japan spring is beautiful at this image. Nice place near by blooming cherry trees. Also I like the traditional Japanese costumes of women. Good presentation. Well done photo.
Have a nice day.
mkamionka (29153) 2014-05-28 2:44
fantastic photo, I like the combination of the blooming trees and the young ladies in traditional clothes -so richly decorated and colorful. I guess you were part of the group and clothed in the traditional costume accordingly.
nikkitta (12684) 2014-05-28 8:59
Quite agree with you, spring is the time to be in Japan and enjoy this colorful scene
Sakura and kimonos in a charming flower street scene
Cricri (100205) 2014-05-28 9:02
J'aime la scène des filles avec leurs appareils photos, leurs tenues très colorées et toujours élégantes, le cerisier en fleur qui en fait un joli décor, très belle présentation
COSTANTINO (50543) 2014-05-28 22:39
Good morning my dear friend
this shot changed my mood today
looking at this photo I see colors
beauty and imprssive details
the women s dresses are similar
to the flowers of the tree
here is a springs aroma
I love shots of this kind with
a special quality of details
those women in colorful kimonos
decorate this photo
have a nice time
mohammad_H (8659) 2014-05-29 1:07
beautiful, eye-catching and has a beautiful view, Dress with unique design, kimono
Best wishes to you
Fis2 (81453) 2014-05-29 6:52
Nice scene from street.
I like frame and colors.
Good reportage work.
Have a nice afternoon
rychem (18729) 2014-05-29 8:44
Very fine photo of these women in kimonos under a blooming cherry tree, all is full of colors, fantastic light, an optimistic photo
PiotrF (3868) 2014-05-29 10:17
Very colorful scene. The combination of the ladies in traditional kimono with modern technology - a good shot! Technical a very well picture,
Royaldevon (25884) 2014-05-29 10:33
Several things surprised me in your photograph; first, that the girls would be dressed in traditional costumes, second, that they would be wearing socks with post sandals and lastly, that they would be taking selfies with mobile phones. I suppose, these things are everywhere in public places.
Your shot, however, is delightful. The flowering cherry is strongly placed and makes the most attractive b/g against which to frame these attractive Japanese girls. They are sharply portrayed and I love the height difference as we move down the steps.
My warm regards,
saxo042 (36632) 2014-05-29 11:53
Such beautiful colours, a very attractive picture! A fantastic capture, very exotic and interestting. Your note is also very good.
jcpix (11018) 2014-05-29 16:49
I don't think a sunset is going to match the color pallet you've collected with this one, smart choice! :) It drives me crazy when I see people in this act of taking "selfies," and yet, to see it as a picture in itself is quite enjoyable. A wonderful moment captured that expresses our current day and local culture from this location. There's a lot to take in, but it all works peacefully to result in an attractive and well balanced image. Great eye to have looked past the obvious, which has brought many a smile I'm sure. Have a great day ahead. All the best.
SnapRJW (28774) 2014-05-30 1:59
Hello Paul - I've been away and have missed your Japanese shots ... so different from your last series!
This is both charming and amusing. The lovely girls in their traditional dress and the cherry blossom both point to the Japanese culture and history. The trend for taking 'selfies' very much of today's modern world.
A super comment on life in Japan!
npecanhuk (60106) 2014-05-31 17:35
What a lovely and charming picture!
Of course those ladies, the buildings behind them and those cherry trees are wonderful, but you did a great photo job with all of those details too!
TFS - congrats,
adramad (34863) 2014-06-03 5:18
A delicious composition, which contrasts the tradition of costumes, with the latest digital technology, the girls are using, lovely design and color of these kimonos, which have a strong chromaticism to the scene, delicious sight of cherry blossoms.
A superb range of color.
Good management of the brightness and sharpness.
Splendid image. My compliments.
Good start to the week.
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tatadalou (5641) 2014-06-04 13:22
Le Japon, un pays de contrastes que j'aimerais bien visiter un jour ! Tout le monde est occupé à photographier, certaines se focalisent sur le paysage quand d'autres préfèrent se mettre en scène. Une jolie scène pleine de couleurs bien capturée.
Romano46 (16576) 2014-06-05 9:30
è bello vedere che in Giappone la tradizione spesso si associa alla modernità.
Questa tua foto è chiaramente emblematica: in essa ci sono i costumi tradizionali, l'architettura tipica e anche le famose fioriture primaverili, ma nello stesso tempo le persone sono tutte coinvolte nelle loro attività fotografiche che ci ricordano l'epoca nella quale viviamo.
Modernità e tradizione: un bel condensato in una foto molto piacevole, dalla composizione molto curata nella quale i soggetti appaiono in tutta la loro naturalezza senza forzature di alcun genere.
Ottimi contrasto, luminosità, nitidezza e gestione della luce in genere.
Ciao e buona serata
Alco (6438) 2014-06-06 21:25
It must be very interesting for photographers to be in Japon at springtime.Many beautiful colors in your picture. Not only the flowers are in full bloom, but the girls also wear nice colorful dresses with flowers.Superb colors.TFS.
Have a nice day.
ecmel (1109) 2014-06-06 23:23
A beautiful lively composition in sakura time. I like all the elements combining the photo like the woman who are taking selfie in a kimonos, typical japanese buildings at background.
chrislo (4149) 2014-06-07 6:44
Wat een leuke foto is dit ! Die kersenbomen in bloei schijnen een lievelingsonderwerp te zijn voor de Japanners want ze tonen echte belangstelling voor dit wonderlijke schouwspel van roze bloesems. Naar ’t schijnt zetten ze zich graag op de foto met de gebloemde takken als decor. Voor mij opvallend zijn de prachtige kleurrijke kledij die deze sierlijke dames dragen. Zijn de Japansen aljtijd zo gekleed of alleen tijdens feesten of op zondagen ? Verder is dit een zeer geslaagde opname met fraaie kleuren en compositie. Heel mooi gedaan, Paul.
Het is heerlijk weer buiten. Ik wens je een zonnig weekend toe. Geniet maar lekker ervan.
Oceania (4468) 2014-06-09 7:16
This picture was so nicely taken. The evening light is soft and gorgeous. The ladies in Kimonos are so beautiful. Adding on several branches of cherry trees to the picture, it's perfect.
fritzi007 (2395) 2014-06-12 8:45
(the strange animal is a bear on my photo)
really a beautiful color photograph with good comment, congratulate you!
ourania (25396) 2014-06-17 10:29
I like very much this picture of exotic (in my eyes) elegance. The natural elements, the architecture and the ladies are so attractive and elegant, their coexistence in your frame is wonderful. You achieved a delightful sense of balance and fine details, the ladies are well placed and the setting is deep and comprehensive. The colours and the atmosphere are very charming. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
adores (33872) 2014-06-23 17:34
What a big contrast! The traditional houses in background and the girls wearing the traditional costumes and surrounded by cherry trees are tímeless, but the mobiles really take us to our days. They look absolutely concentrated on the photos they are taking. Great scene!
Waylim (24940) 2014-07-13 15:59
Gorgeous shot with the women in traditional cloth, it feels like going back in time. The only thing that keep us in the now is the cell phone and digital cameras. The low light with rich color really make it more attractive and the famous cheery blossom.
aliabazari (10846) 2014-07-14 21:28
Great view of cherry trees. Exposure and color, well done. Thanks for sharing this nice picture