A Coming of Age Day is celebrated in a Japanese woman’s 20th year and the holiday is marked with special ceremonies, parties, and portraits. L didn’t have the ceremony or party, but she did have the opportunity to be dressed in the family’s kimono. This kimono was given to L’s aunt by her grandmother, (L’s great-grandmother) from the family’s kimono shop in Hiroshima.
L is the baby in the image below, held by her aunt wearing the kimono.
A woman who specializes in the art of kimono dressing was brought in to wrap L in all of the layers with their precise folds. The dressing took much longer than the photo shoot, but it was fascinating to watch.
I try to find a quotation to use in each blog post – and as I searched for something suitable for a Coming of Age portrait, this one appeared on my screen:
“My Dear Lucy, I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
―C.S. Lewis, Dedication, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe