Coming of Age Day Photowalk
This coming Monday is Coming of Age Day, or Seijin no Hi (成人の日), in Japan. This is the day where Japan’s youth are welcomed into adulthood with celebrations held at local prefectural centers. You are considered an adult when you reach the age of 20 in Japan. The Coming of Age ceremony is for people whose birthday falls between April 2nd of the previous year and April 1st of the current year. The streets of Tokyo fill with young Kimono clad women everywhere you turn. For photographers it is a great day to hit the streets as there is subject matter everywhere. If you are one of those people that is shy about asking people to take their photograph this, and any other festival for that matter, is a good chance to practice photographing people. These girls are all too happy to stop and pose with a ‘peace sign’ for you. I will be holding a photowalk this Monday, January 13th starting at 12PM.
When: Monday January 13th
Where: We will meet at Nikon House in Ginza. We will shoot around Ginza for a while and then hope the train to Shibuya. We will shoot for a while until dark and then grab a bite to eat.
Gear: Pack whatever you are comfortable shooting with. Remember, the more gear you carry the less photographs you actually take. We will be walking so don’t pack too heavy. I’ll be shooting film most likely with one or two lenses.
There is no need to sign up. Just feel free to show up. Here is what I captured last time I shot this for some inspiration...
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