For this post, I will be sharing some photos I took during my visit in Asakusa with Justin. Today is also the "Coming of Age Day" in Japan and the streets were filled with pretty Japanese ladies in kawaii furisode + handsome Japanese gentlemen in fine suits! I have always wanted to take photos of these kawaii girls for so many years already and I am so happy that I got to cross that out from my #JapanBucketList today! Been looking forward to this day since last year, hahaha!
Before anything else, my photo first. Hahahaha lololol
Back alleys are the best. The best way to dodge the huge crowd of tourists :))
Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no Hi) is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January. It is held in order to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached the age of majority (20 years old (二十歳 hatachi)) over the past year, and to help them realize that they have become adults. Festivities include coming of age ceremonies (成人式 seijin-shiki) held at local and prefectural offices, as well as after-parties amongst family and friends. (source)
If I am not mistaken, these are the Winter Cherry Blossoms / Fuyuzakura.
So, so, soooo kawaiii!
This is my second time to try my luck when it comes to omikuji. I got bad fortune once again omg why lolololol
But still, I believe that 2016 will be a FANTASTIC year for me hahaha
It's sooo touching to see dads / parents accompanying their daughters for the Coming of Age Day.
The Dad fixes the "hair arrange" of her daughter = such a beautiful / heartwarming sight!
Thank you for letting me take your photo! :)
How I wish I could be 20 again hahaha.
Bestfriends taking each other's pictures ~
Gudetama cotton candy! Justin bought this and I borrowed the cotton candy just for a photo :))
As you can see, I was beaming with joy that day. So happy that I got to take photos (photography is one of my creative outlets), eat "street" food from Yatai, and just walk around temples : )
Will visit the famous "oldest amusement park" called "Asakusa Hanayashiki" when there is less crowd!
We were stalkers today :)) So glad that the Japanese girls did not mind random tourists / photographers taking their candid shots!
I was so surprised to see a huge melon pan bakery / stall along the way. *_*
And before I end the photo diary / photo spam, let's say hello to my Holiday cheeks! :))
I just find it so weird and nostalgic at the same time because I remember that we used to talk about doing a "photo walk" together in Japan someday and now, it's also another bullet to be crossed out from the list. It's amazing how things happen, haha!
If you love viewing Japan travel / street / food photos, I think that you will enjoy visiting Justin's newly launched blog at www.justinjapan.com.
After months (.. or years ???) of convincing, finally it's here!! So happy for you, Justin! I know that your photos will make it to the cover of Japanese food / travel / lifestyle magazines / books someday! And that someday is pretty near! I can feel it, hehe!
"Just in Japan" is a project started by Justin De Jesus and aims to share travel and photo stories of Japan online. Justin is a food and travel photographer from Manila who recently moved to Japan to explore new opportunities and pursue his longtime dream of living in Japan. Justin continues practice his craft and contribute to different publications both in Manila and Tokyo.
My favorite photo / travel entry: Kyoto: Into The Heart of Japanese Culture
Hope you enjoyed all the photos, everyone!
Do you also have a similar celebration in your country? The closest tradition we have in the Philippines is the "debut" (when a girl turns 18). : )