One day in my kimono
• One day in my kimono
My name is Natalia Duplinskaya, 38 years old, a native of Magnitogorsk, but 14 years, live in Moscow. In 2013, I lived for a month in Hiroshima, which came to the interview as a photographer in the Japanese studio "Kiki-Wedding." And once she was a role model, I was photographed in a kimono. This will be my day, December 17, 2013, get ready for an extensive story about Japanese traditions, clothing, services.
To further the story I had read nearly a hundred articles, Japanese studies so please correct me if any mistakes.
So, first I tell you a little more about themselves and how was in Hiroshima. I'm a photographer, rented wedding, love story, portraits not only in Russia but also abroad. Unfortunately, the quality of foreign colleagues photo services leaves much to be desired, and our Russian photographers Against this background, doing their job very worthy
In Japan, there is a chain of beauty salons "Kiki" with its head office in Hiroshima, which owns Ono-san. "Kiki" It takes about six to seven small floor where the office itself and guidance, publicity department, a beauty salon, a room with stylists and wardrobe, one floor was cast into the scenery "modest Catholic Church", and one floor is a studio "Kiki-Wedding "where predominates Ikegami-san. Studio services for medium-priced and quality, all the staff working for a salary, and then all of the profit is allocated to the costs of the company. Therefore, the more expensive the shooting, the more profit the company.
Ono-san and Ikegami-san cherished dream about how to make a very expensive photo studio where filming will be VIP clients. But finding the artist in Hiroshima, which would not have failed this idea, they could not. And then the Russian girl Nadia-san, who worked at the Ikegami-san's assistant, offered to invite foreign photographers. Nadia wrote about it on the forum of professional photographers, whether there is ever willing to move to Japan to work. I, of course, responded to this proposal, because it has long been fascinated with Japanese culture and such an amazing chance to plunge into it entirely rare. There were many worthy candidates, but bosses have chosen me and my work. And November 26, 2013 I went for a month to Hiroshima for an interview. Come December 17, 2013, by the time I was three weeks living in Hiroshima and almost every day to shoot and edit photos with your boss Ikegami-san. Since I was able to sobeseduemogo a specialist, for filming the money is not received, the company paid for my flight, accommodation and sometimes food. Nagy-san often acted as a translator between me and Ikegami-san, because I did not know Japanese, English I have below average, and my boss at all it is not talking. With Nadya and we are very much friends and still keep in touch. Nadia - an aspiring photographer, a very good and promising, in my opinion. The "Kiki", she worked for two years as an assistant, but Ikegami-san almost would not let her shoot. If successful, her idea - to invite the foreign photographer - she hoped and their professional development. In case of failure Nadia was expecting a big "Badabum", but she has nothing to lose, because the salary is very small, even by the standards of Russia, and even that is deducted from social assistance.
After three weeks, the boss was pleased with Natasha-san and wanted to reward her photoshoot in this kimono. Nadia decided to finally pick up a camera. I put down the camera, for three weeks from her unbelievably tired, and maybe it was my fault, all the background is picked off the phone. So I apologize for the quality of some images.
Camera time did not have time to fix, it focused on metadata of images.
The boss promised to call in 12 days, but I got up at 8:30 am to catch everything.
My hotel Rich Hotel has only two stars, but it is located in the center of Hiroshima, close to the museums of the world and "Atomic home." Outside the window there is nothing exciting, as the ancient city was completely destroyed in August 1945, an atomic bomb, and save quite a bit of historical sites.
I decide to do make-up on their own, so as not to bother working full-time stylist, because they do not have any idea about face correction, color correctors to retract shortcomings and matting powder. But perfection is made from small eyes big, and this I did not need to. I do as she curls curling iron that then it does not waste time.
An hour later, with a small I was ready at the beginning of the 10th go down to the lobby for coffee. In the morning a small breakfast - drinks and pastries, and during the day you can enjoy a coffee maker and tea. The entire staff has known me, constantly bowing, thanks and wishes of something pleasant.
In the 12 come out of the hotel, I go to the shopping centers, hoping to do a remittance girl from Russia, which photoshop for studio pictures (the boss himself does not know how to retouch).
Nadia praises my hat, bought in second-hand, however, skirt and pullover purchased there as well. Ikegami-san is waiting for us somewhere nearby in the car, simulating a short-term stop, because Japan can not park on the road.
By one o'clock we go to the studio. It is a sacred time for lunch, which is our boss almost never misses. At Ikegami-san again bento, lunch of rice and small pieces of vegetables, meat, cooked by his wife, and we should have something like this. One day I would like to invite Nadia for lunch at a restaurant, but she refused, lest we offend the boss that purchased a more expensive food. Therefore, buy Nadia sushi set. Price for a set of about 5, 7 and 8 dollars.
View from the window of our studio, it is also the center of Hiroshima.
At 13:30 I go down to the second floor in the room where the stylists and wardrobe. Wedding suits almost stopped buying, they are easier to rent the studio. A gorgeous kimonos handed down, completely weaved pattern or manually sign, a kimono can cost 3 000-20 000 dollars, so not everyone can afford it. Wear kimono rare - day of age, for a wedding, some special holidays and national days. In my studio was a huge amount kimono different price category, that on me, it was worth about $ 5,000.
You can not just pick and choose, and even more so to put on a kimono. Otherwise, you risk being as a character Averchenko, who wore a noblewoman Lydia "on the chest high waves kokoshnik" and filmed a "full sundress leg." Types of kimonos and accessories are divided by season, purpose, status, sex. Japanese people will laugh in her hands, seeing you in a kimono with maple motives summer obi belt-and long hairpins in the form of cherry flowers in their hair, especially if you are 45, have long kimono sleeves and a belt tied in a bow, and in the street the month of January. Kimono is generally sewed from one piece of silk fabric 11 meters long and has dimensions. The length is adjustable belts in the waist area of the kimono just turned in to the bottom of clothing caught up with the ankles. In Japan, 24 season, separated by periods of flowering plants. Especially elegant is considered when the pattern on clothing precedes flowering season.
For example, in January and February - a pine, plum, bamboo; March and April - cherry, butterfly; May and June - iris, willow, bird; July and August - shells, waves; September and October - the grass, maple, chrysanthemum; November and December - bamboo in the snow, pine needles. Now a detailed division can afford a few, mainly geisha who carefully observe the image and tradition. Ornaments and used by its symbolic destination, so cherry - is the youth and beauty, peony - wealth and femininity, Chrysanthemum - longevity and happiness, stork - symbol of beauty, iris - male power, the lotus - purity and innocence. Also, when choosing a kimono is necessary to pay attention to women of status, a married woman aged kimono restrained colors may be black with a pattern below the waist, the sleeves are short, to the head crest. Young unmarried can afford to wear a brightly colored kimono with long sleeves-meter furisode and obi tied in a coquettish bow, and on her head sidare-Kanzashi - decoration with hanging flowers.
I am a single lady is very middle-aged (at the time I'm 37), but we assume that is still young, so I was chosen kimono bright colors with non-seasonal motifs cherry, pine, bamboo, peonies, with red lining, the sleeves of my status can afford long. It's called furisode kimono, and it can be worn for the celebrations.
I will help to dress stylist studio "Kiki-Wedding," Tenchi-Tateischi. To kimono sat nicely and was appropriate, there are special schools for many months donning traditional clothes. The bride usually wear two people, because many have to work with utyagivaniem, alignment, and during the ceremony there is a stylist, who each time when the bride gets up and sits down, adjusts her kimono (the traditional wedding I'll discuss in the next day).
To begin with, I was given two-finger white tabi socks, they sit firmly on the foot and fastened with a special way of hooks. Then they will be very difficult to put on.
make Then remove the bra and put on lower cotton shirt Hadan Juuban, which is regulated by strings from behind.
By the standards of the Japanese (and non-Japanese) I'm quite the large woman, and I need to somehow lead to perfection. And perfection in Japan - it is absolutely flat figure that hides natural shape. Therefore the kimono no tucks, and perfect cylindrical body is achieved by a large number of rollers, belts, cartons. From this, each woman becomes impossible to consider figure flaws, as well as beauty. I read the beautiful utterance Vsevolod Ovchinnikov in the book "Sakura": "By contracting not only the waist, but the torso, chest Japanese doomed to the fate of the flower, herbarium squeeze page". With my herbarium it is difficult to achieve, but small-Tateischi Tenchi tried very hard, all the time laughing and surprised such a body it did not come. My breasts as a result of all the efforts are distributed across the top of the body. At that moment I ceased to breathe and move normally, but this is only the beginning.
Then I put on underwear kimono Naga Juuban to top expensive kimono does not touch the body. Previously, to clean kimono ripped it, and then re-sewn. Naga Juuban usually white and of a trim material than Hadan Juuban, and should be combined with the top kimono, because it can see its collar and sleeves. Sleeve my Naga Juuban same length as the upper kimono, then they are inserted into each other. The photograph shows that a collar Naga Juuban sewn additional collar han-eri embroidered silk and crystals. This is done in a special solemnity, may have a color that matches the main kimono, and it is convenient to be washed separately. Collar Naga Juuban upper kimono and on the back has a curved rigid form, for this special seal inserted eri-tire, equipped with two collars fixed kimono special temporary clothespin to not displaced. Read more from this definition Ovchinnikov, that "Japanese women" neckline "is not a front and back." The most sexy place, according to the Japanese, where it merges with the back neck and droopy ears.
In Geisha, for example, for greater sexuality gate kimono behind lowered below normal. And from the beginning on the neck hair growth geisha left unpainted whitewash site Erie asi the tongue, gives a special sensuality. Also at the collar geisha say about their status, Mike-debutantes they are red, with the time of their white and embroidered with gold thread. And when the pupil becomes geisha a ceremony eri-CEA, wear clean white collar. Specify in advance that modern geisha - an actress, entertain their customers dancing, singing, conducting tea ceremony, a conversation, it does not provide sex services.
Floors Naga Juuban recorded a special elastic belt with a pin of the Cauchy-himo.
Then we put on the top kimono. Sleeves furisode and Naga Juuban are inserted into each other, aligned collars, all held together by the Cauchy-himo with a pin and the other is tied at the waist belt. And male and female kimonos plowed on the right side (on the left - only a corpse before burial). And this was one case related to "Kiki-Wedding." When there was still time only film photography, mixed in the laboratory side of the film and printed wedding photos in mirror image. Upon receipt of the client saw that all family members are like the dead, that is, in a kimono, smell on the left side. All of the company's management to crawl on his knees as an apology (this is the highest form of apology) and returned the survey cost.
Now Tateischi-Tench controls the length of my kimono, it should be at the level of the ankle. Therefore, the kimono is turned in at the waist and secured new white wide belt of the Date-dzhime. Olga Hovanchuk in his treatise "The clothes in the outlook of the Japanese," said that "the process of putting on a kimono - a creative act that turns everyone in the artist who created the image of an individual. This image will depend on the intention of the person, with the same clothing can decorate one, and no other, because the Japanese national costume emphasizes not so a person's appearance, his character. Kimono tightly wrapping the body from head to toe, he brings in a man of humility and obedience. "
14:20. It has been almost an hour since I chose a kimono. I'm almost ready. Unfortunately, putting the obi none photographed, so I just describe in words.
obi belt - another item of expenditure in order to look beautiful Japanese woman. Its value can range from thousands of dollars or more, and often more expensive than the kimono. Obi is the guardian of the soul, and the knot - symbol of true love. Members of the same clan tie a belt the same units as the Scots of the family tells the cells, in other nations - the emblem. At night, the traveler could surround himself with a rope with family units and to know that it is guarded by the gods, and love often made belt by hand and gave each other.
Obi at the present time is tied above the waist. The most expensive maru obi belt width of 70 cm, they are made of brocade, woven by hand, and are traditional for brides. Most likely at me fukuro obi, which is a little cheaper and less formal than the maru-obi, and it is also made of brocade. Fukuro obi approximately 30-40 cm in width and about 4 meters in length. Behind the belt is fastened on the bow, it will be visible on other photos and I will tell about it later.
Under the bow back to keep in shape is enclosed pad obi-Makura, from above it sticks long scarf obi-age, I have it in red. The ends of his hide on the chest of the obi. Bottom tie me yet another red fabric texture (here not visible). Obi to hold the shape of the front or crinkled, under it enclose boards obi-ita, upholstered, in my case it was a thick cardboard. And finally fastened obi obi-dzhime, braid of silk which may be circular in cross section, flat or square. it's red and round on me. Lace node can be decorated with decorative buckles obi-Domeh, but I do not. Location lace can all talk about today's mood of women.
Kimono, seems to me a little bit is not enough, and is intended for the more fragile girl. Therefore, it is recurrent expenditure, and to sit as I sat down, generally impossible. Show bare knees, as well as low-cut chest - this shamelessness, and short skirts are just a schoolgirl. Hentai, etc. - only erotic fantasies, the reality is much more severe. Once the boss to see in my portfolio bride in mini-dress, whether from a hidden fortune, whether from indignation choked, staring at the hips and knees of the bride and saying: "Seksshuru, seksshuru!" ( "Sexually!", The letter "L" Japanese do not stipulate for).
Tateischi Tenchi-style your hair, she uses for backing up the volume of the artificial hair. The Japanese do not stop for the transformation of hairpieces, wigs, adhesive tapes for the creation of a European century, false eyelashes, men (grooms!) Color eye for expressive eyes, tease and lacquered hair. I try on the lining as a mustache-Tateischi Tench bursts out laughing. On April 1, I wrote that it was fitting makeup Kabuki theater, they called me for the role of a woman who wanted to become a man. Some, Friends believe this than me amused.
The hairstyle has stuck Kanzashi - hair ornaments. Japanese women have not been the tradition to wear necklaces, earrings, rings, so Kanzashi is a demonstration of taste and wealth. Dear Kanzashi made of wood, lacquer, silver and tortoiseshell. They, too, are seasonal and status, but also classified by location in the hair and shape! In the past, one of the pins was imprisoned, and women could defend it in case of attack. Long sidare Kanzashi with silk flowers are unmarried women, women over cost expensive combs. On my head four Kanzashi, and I do not know if they are correct. If I was a geisha in December Kanzashi would decorate the hair with pine needles, leaves, bamboo, white balloons, symbolizing the New Year's feast of pounded rice, and small plates for autographs because in December Geisha enter the theater dressing room and ask your favorite actors to sign . It is necessary to instill the tradition of European hipsters and theater-goers, however, they will have to wear hairstyles small "Moleskine".
And this we frolic with Nadia-san, my Japanese fairy, protects them from all evil.
At 15:00 I, Nagy-san Tateischi-Tench and Ikegami-san leave in Hiroshima on a photo shoot. The company has a minivan, the couple in the photo sessions are moved together with the whole group. After 10 minutes we come to Shukkeyn. It is a small Japanese garden, founded in the beginning of the XV century on the model of the Chinese gardens and completely destroyed in the atomic bombing of the city, but the 50's it was restored.
I arrived in time Momiji, in our opinion is the "golden autumn" in Japanese - is when the maple trees turn red. November to March temperature of about +10. On my breeches just a shirt, two kimonos, my bare feet, but, oddly enough, not cold. I was in a cocoon, it was necessary to move small feminine steps, well, remember that your knees should not be shown. Being in Japan clubfoot woman - means to be beautiful. I'm not exactly the standard of Japanese beauty.
Consider further my outfit.
At the feet of my lungs zori sandals worn by both men and women. Honestly, I was very uncomfortable to walk in them. Sometimes wear kimono geta - wooden high sandals. In the movie "Hachiko" directed Seydziro Koyama is a moment that seemed to me very funny, despite the tragic stories. The action takes place in the 20-ies of XX century, in Japan recently came European fashion. And Professor Ueno Hidesaburo in white summer dress a la Jerome character from the novel "Three Men in a Boat", in suspenders and a straw boater hat, goes for a walk with the dog, clattering on the pavement wooden geta, worn on bare feet.
For obi my folding fan. Close to fan white cover with red brush hanging - a tribute to the past, before the women wore a small dagger kaiken, presented her husband to the wedding, and is intended for self-defense, protection of honor and dignity. The wives of the samurai using a dagger committed suicide ritual Dzigan, they struck at the heart of kaiken or dissected carotid artery in the neck.
In the kimono collar is a small handbag for details hakoseko, because in the pockets of the kimono is not the case, the color of it, too, must be combined with the entire ensemble. In hakoseko previously wore Kaisha paper suddenly came to mind verses, then the paper was wipes for household purposes, is now Kaisha apply for the tea ceremony as a "stand" for sweets. At the present time a handbag hakoseko give girls in special birthdays (3, 7, 13 and 21) and is also used in a wedding dress. In the hands of the traditional paper umbrella, again, is not alien and belligerent samurai.
Red wooden bridges, varnished, came to Japan from China. Bridge - is a journey and the transition from one world to another. "Once embarked on the bridge, you find yourself faced with a choice: go to the other side, to stay on the bridge or go back."
Under the bridge carp swim.
Each Japanese pond you can see the multi-colored koi. Carp are able to swim against the current, and therefore in Japan koi - a symbol of loyalty and wisdom, courage, courage, commitment to goals. A climb up the waterfall carp is a symbol of "boys holiday" is celebrated in Japan on May 5. At the end of a long pole fixed Paper Koinobori carp, black carp and red symbolize the father and mother, and for each boy in the family added one more carp of different colors.
This orange umbrella Ikegami-san gave me a good-bye. Wagashi - traditional Japanese umbrella made of a special type of paper and bamboo. Originally it came from China in the VI century, was silk, and spoke of the high status of the person, know adorned umbrella family coat of arms. multiple segments (they are 46 pieces in my umbrella) for manufacturing a skeleton of bamboo trunk is divided, each of which is urged on, so that when you close the paper umbrella hidden inside. Umbrella can hide not only from the sun but also from the rain, this paper strengthen the waterproof structure of persimmon and vegetable oils, the top is covered with varnish.
The Japanese should not openly show their emotions, this tradition still exists. Just behind her fan and decided to hide a smile or a disappointment. I, as a person who is not accustomed to keep emotions, it was very difficult in Japan. Russian mentality implies emotional truthfulness, why smile to a stranger, I will smile, when really good. But distressed and when it becomes bad! (I smile often, but also crying, angry, expressing their dissatisfaction publicly.) The Japanese will also bow down to you, accompanying it more pardonable sorry and delighted to communicate with you, but you will never know the real truth. Therefore, to conduct business negotiations with the Japanese very hard.
My fan cheapest, part of the costume, and no more. But earlier on fans in Japan to write love poems, samurai, he served as a real weapon, and there is still a form of martial arts on the iron fan Tess-jutsu, generals fan ordered and protected from the arrows, Kabuki actors signified their characters, and geisha showed beautiful dance with paper fans sensei.
A traditional gazebo overlooking the pond. See how I have carefully laid the sleeves! Furisode famous for the beauty of the sleeves, to be sure to show.
Because in very few locations for photo shoots, my boss, like other photographers, comes here every day for many years and knows every point of the park. It does not play into his hands, because the pictures are exactly the same, but Japanese customers other requirements. They buy service packages, which include, for example, 20 images and album. Therefore, the Japanese photographer sparingly and accurately presses the button, not coming up with exotic angles, because you need only 20 pictures.
This frame is "my". We Ikegami-san worked hard in Shukkeyne and I, not to be repeated, filmed with the other points. One day I took a photo of the bride sitting with back and looking at the pond, I thought it was cute and moody scenes. After they asked me why I did it, because the shot will not buy! The client does not need philosophy, he must face in the frame. But my hands were untied, I did not work for a fee, so all the pictures gave a pair. Nadia-san was not afraid to "client" and repeated this shot for me.
There is also a moment to return to my suit and consider the bow. There are many ways of tying bows, but some, for example in the form of bindweed, are only suitable for little girls, young girls for informal meetings can make a bow in the form of a rose, the knot in the form of a sparrow with wings in combination with long sleeves furisode says that to this unmarried woman can woo. There is a knot with long dangling ends that are only geisha and kabuki actors, the node for the men's kimono. Married and mature women prefer elegant knot taiko, invented in the XIX century in honor of the geishas Taykobashi bridge. Front bow are only representatives of the oldest professions in order to quickly get naked in front of the customer. Ob, in spite of its complexity, it is possible to engage yourself in the mirror, and then turn the belt back. Every self-respecting Japanese should be able to do this because in the ancient proverb says: "A woman is not able to tie the obi, can not do anything." This bow shape Nagy sees for the first time, I do not know, he is handsome and made for a quick photo shoot, let's hope that Tateischi-Tench made all loving.
This frame with umbrellas came up with me, and I like being on the set of model themselves something to suggest, creativity should be mutual. My posture does not mean anything, I wanted to make it all even more staged and show its cylindrical grace. Emotions show is not accepted, and so the Japanese are very strong in staged photography, all quietly standing in the frame, and the young men did not run away from the shooting, shouting, "I'm bored, I want to drink sake with the men!" Photographer of great importance to the situation of the hands, especially if hands is an umbrella or a fan.
Beauty bow and bare neck area, which I osteohondrozny from years of sitting behind the monitor.
Here I close up from Nadi. Japanese stylists do not pay attention to the accuracy of modern hairstyles, repeatedly noticed how out of sitting crooked wig knocked out the model's hair, and a wig is not always combed himself, but customers do not need it, and in a fashion negligence. Photos specifically retouched to show the integrity of the entire process, even though it's tempting to remove hair in Photoshop. Given that I bolsheformennaya not clubfoot, not big-eared, a moon-faced person, a high forehead and shirokoulybayuschayasya real Russian woman, I asked the Tateischi-Tench and cute I by the standards of the Japanese? Said that like anything
The picture captured with the phone. In the lower left corner of the visible very expensive set Kanzashi that we are going to use.
Tateischi-Tench declines hairpin me. And I, to hear her laugh again repeat the joke with a mustache. Looking ahead, I will say that I liked the stylists, because the caller is charged with mischief, but in moderation; and stylists at the general meeting voted for me to work in the future in their company, for which they thank you very much.
Stylist always goes to the shooting, it helps to dress and change the hair style, watching the way the clothes sits on the client, often serves as an assistant photographer and holds a light disc.
Half an hour after the start of shooting, at 15:50, we decide to change the image and put on a traditional wig Katsura.
At the head is fixed fixing tape, Nadia holds her finger, and put on a wig.
Katsura Wig is very heavy, the basis of its adjustable iron frame, in places where I end with a lush front of the "bin", he is bent on special devices, such as door hinges, very tightly held and may take on any size head. As a rule, it is made of natural hair, mesh-base, which can be seen in the photographs, for some reason, is not cut off, and no one, except for me, do not care. Katsura on eBay cost about $ 300 and above.
Almost all traditional Japanese hairstyles and wigs have hair growth at the base of the forehead in the shape of a heart and a relatively low landing. Probably, it is beautiful and poetic, but the definitions are not found, but one description "in perfect Japanese woman's head should be soft, pear-shaped and tapered upward, mouth and nose should have been small, and eyes - remind the narrow bars."
Women's hairstyles Japanese style Nihongo complex and multi-piece. When they are created in the course were hairpieces, tissue rolls, wire cages, do hair and spreadable solid vegetable wax tyazhelosmyvaemym bintsuke-Aruba. The entire structure is supported by ridges, pins, bundles. Hair washed once a month, the hot water was expensive, and the services of a hairdresser and more expensive, and in order to preserve the integrity of hair, Japanese slept with his head on high wooden headrests Makura. Rather poor Japanese to hide the traces of oil or stain expensive kimono, worn over the bill collar of black satin. An interesting fact is that in the theater Kabuki desperate heroine, a complex situation symbolize the fallen hair. A hanging strands can speak not only about the nature of the character, but also about whether the consumer or the play history.
Now Nihongo to do their own hair only apprentice geisha - maiko, a geisha use wigs themselves, and this transition is fixed in the rite of initiation. Katsura use and groom to quickly create traditional way.
At the beginning of XVII century women came Shimada hairstyle in style, consisting of different types of beams, the style has remained ever since. On the back of the head in many ways formed the main beam MAGE, which have mature ladies can drop below. On my wig hairstyle taka-Shimada, traditional geisha and brides and decorated with five Kanzashi.
It can be seen as just years old and hair color to me ten, and low forehead, and broad strands. Surprisingly, I'm here like her mother, who, though not Japanese, but dyes his hair black and wearing the hair on a daily basis (sister laughed, looking at these pictures). And I so diligently all shot craned her neck, but is still a feeling that the neck and my head like a turtle, looking out of the kimono as from the shell.
This frame made Nadia, because for the Japanese it is atypical. Too much grass in the foreground, and I like it a lot.
It's almost over Momiji, the remains of maple leaves barely hold on the branches.
Watching movies, clumsily imitating dancing geisha.
After an hour of shooting Shukkeyne at 16:10 we are moving to a new point. Going to Hiroshima Castle Ridze, built at the end of the XVI century and partially rebuilt after the atomic bombing. On the whole we shot it takes 20 minutes.
at 16:45 we end up shooting in the castle and return to the studio.
At 17:20 Ikegami-san makes me last traditional portraits. When shooting in a kimono must show its beauty and richness. And Ikegami-san - one of the few professionals who devote a lot of time photographing the classic client in a kimono. There are at least two photographic angle to this.
In this picture it seems that I'm very relaxed, in fact, posture is not very comfortable, but I can not move. The hem of my kimono is not too long, so there is not evident that Ikegami-san carefully smoothed it on the floor, sometimes there lay a stone bars. Sleeves too straightened, and the lower part for hanging weights and save the form enclosed cartons. Then I was put so as to obtain an X-shaped figure, arm bending, as well as the floors and part of the long sleeves, the slope of the body - are all parallel to each other, or lines of flow.
On the background drawn blooming sakura branch - a traditional Japanese motif.
Next frame from the back, to again assess the pattern kimono, bow, hair, and my osteohondroznuyu neck. Hand "at ease" keeps open fan. Notice how the purple-orange line drawing on the left sleeve almost flows into the pattern on the back.
And in parting two large portraits. The studio is small, light circuits remain virtually unchanged, and, again, the client does not need to feshen-frills.
At 18:00 Studio, as a rule, it is closed, the working day is over. Especially that "client" he promised to select and process the images. I throw to the hotel, I leave things in the room and go for a walk. On the central avenue Heiwa odori each year shall be great themed light installation. They are a favorite place for walks and photo shoots. The Japanese love to celebrate Christmas Day and in general in terms of other people's religious holidays and symbols completely unprincipled, if only it was fun, beautiful, and sales grew. (So many Japanese couples calmly photographed the interiors of the Catholic cathedrals.)
Then I walk into a coffee shop and take to dinner delicious yakitori skewers. Waitress for taking my order, falls to the floor on his knees, to be with me at. A tip in Japan to give is not accepted, it can hurt, so I just pay my bills and go back to the hotel.
At 22:00 sit at the laptop to view and process the survey. At 22:30 I am doing final selfie. At 24:00 I go to bed, because tomorrow is a working day and I need to go back into the studio.
P.S. A week later, I returned to Moscow, then to spring finally moved to Japan ... So I thought about this dream of my bosses.
But I was not destined to come to Hiroshima, the creation of a new studio in the center of the city required a lot of money, and there was a serious illness of the main boss, so "Kiki-Wedding" continues to exist in the former regime with one photographer Ikegami-san. Nadia-san went out and now own photographs. I would just like to thank all the people that make this trip took place. It was very difficult, but it has become an invaluable and interesting experience for me. And, of course, I want to go back to Japan to see the city, the volcano Mount Fuji, cherry blossoms and the present Kyoto geisha. Ono-san, Ikegami-san, Nagy-san Tateischi-Tench, Michino-Tench and others arigato godzaymas for everything!