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Technicolour Dreamcoat - Kimono

Posted by
Stu (From Scotland | Working in Kyoto, Japan) on 14 May 2009 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Originally the word "kimono" literally meant "thing to wear" (ki "wearing" and mono "thing") but now has come to denote a particular type of traditional full-length Japanese garment.
This bride is wearing an "Uchikake". It is a highly formal kimono worn only by a bride or at a stage performance. The uchikake is often heavily brocaded and is supposed to be worn outside the actual kimono and obi, as a sort of coat. One therefore never ties the obi around the uchikake. It is supposed to trail along the floor, this is also why it is heavily padded along the hem. The uchikake of the bridal costume is either white or very colorful often with red as the base color.
The bride's hair is styled in the traditional hair style called bunkin-takashimada and adorned with gold combs and accessories called kanzashi.


Canon EOS 50D 1/320 second F/6.3 ISO 200 240 mm

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Ken from United States

As pretty as her surrounding country. Thanks for the background story, too.

14 May 2009 5:41am

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

What a beautiful bride and kimono!

14 May 2009 7:02am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Beautiful portrait, great colours!

14 May 2009 8:02am

Daryl from Farnham, United Kingdom

Lovely catch.

14 May 2009 8:54am

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

Very nice portrait with so many details captured! Great colors too!

14 May 2009 9:17am

dan from kenmare, Antigua and Barbuda

lovely outfit

14 May 2009 1:00pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

This is such an incredible beauty... so exquisite and elegant! Again, lovely use of shallow DOF and wonderful lighting!

14 May 2009 3:26pm

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

beautifully framed and great lighting with DOF which really bring out the image..

14 May 2009 5:38pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

So beautiful and so informative! Would be interested to know what lens you used?

14 May 2009 7:38pm

@Ian Smith: Thx Ian. I used a Canon EF 70-300mm IS for this one.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Beautiful and classic portrait!

15 May 2009 4:47am

lux from Munich, Germany

Very interesting article. And your foto seems to be taken just to underline the text. Well done!

16 May 2009 11:11am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful and colorful portrait.

21 May 2009 6:00pm