Shiodome Kimono de Jack

Shiodome Kimono de Jack

Today I went down to Shiodome to see the ‘Kimono de Jack’ that was being held.    Kimono de Jack was started in Kyoto by 11 kimono lovers who thought there are not enough occasions in life to dress in a kimono.   They thought this was one of the causes of the decline of the Kimono industry and they wanted to do something about it.   They decided to announce an event on Twitter where people could come and wear their Kimonos and take over an area for a few hours with people wearing Kimonos.   Their dream is…a train filled with people in Kimonos, a famous shopping fill with people in Kimonos, a famous park fill with… well you get the idea.   I think this is a fantastic idea to keep culture alive but for a photographer it is a fantastic photography opportunity.

The first event was held on May 7th 2010 in Kyoto.  It received some press but since has spread like wild fire across Japan, Europe and the Americas.


Meet Hiroyuki Morikawa (Twitter @tokyo_jack001).  He is the man who runs the Tokyo Kimono de Jack.   The group here was extremely nice and gracious enough to let me take their photos.

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Babies got in on the action…

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Dogs too…

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The 5th event is being held on 5/15.   Come and check it out here (in Japanese only).

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Thanks for stopping by today…

 

13 Comments

  1. Doesn’t the gentleman with the glasses on look like Johnny Depp who plays Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean??

  2. That is so cool. I love how Japan has integrated its past with the present, and how there are people who continuously strive to keep it going. It’s an inspiration for others as well. It would be fun to see how other countries can do something like this.

  3. This is great, I’m sad I didn’t know about it before and I won’t be in town for the event in May! Please continue to tell us about these events in advance!
    Thank you!

  4. He does and is as equally as cool!

  5. The first shot is great, it looks like a tilt-shift effect. Did you do anything special to get this kind of look ? The girl in the grey kimono is very cute, it’s no wonder that she appears 3 times in the set. Haha.

    — Woods

  6. Thanks Woods, it is not tilt shift but shoot at f/2.4 with the Leica you get great contrast so I think the two together give it this effect.

  7. Jessica – I’ll try to post interesting photography things when I see them.
    Kat – I think so as well. I love this part of Japanese culture.

  8. LOVE the photos and all kimono! :) But I was wondering, since you mentioned that Kimono Jack spread to Europe and Americas, where is it held there? The only one I know in Europe is in UK.

  9. Hey Luuba! I was googling around and I have found Kimono de Jack sessions being held in Florida, as I googled around there appear to be a lot of them held in the UK in various locations, someone just started a Twitter group for NY, there are other Facebook groups talking about holding them in other parts of the US and Europe but don’t seem organized well yet.

  10. Dave, thank you for your reply :) I had no idea about NY Kimono Jack :) I constantly try to get my online friends to start a Kimono Jack (since they really really want it to happen) by saying that if they don’t do it, then who will? Hopefully we will see more KDJ actually happening around the world :)

  11. You inspired me. I grabbed 4 friends and attended the event yesterday (May 15th) on Odaiba. We had hoped to meet you. We were the only people photographing the event and had a GREAT time. Nice group of people. Their next event is JULY 10th in AKASAKA.

    Here are some of the photos we took: http://flickr.com/gp/paulssons/cnM974/

  12. Great! Glad you found it. I was curtain shopping on Sunday for our new place. I check out your photos. You got some great ones. I like how the statue of liberty looks like it is in part of the group.

  13. why not avoid horizontal line in the back ground? and have angles?

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