I can't believe this is the norm now. It's so western. I loved when it was only the bottom lip painted.

I can't believe this is the norm now. It's so western. I loved when it was only the bottom lip painted.

Hakama                                                                                                                                                                                 More

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Festival at Hyaku-manbenChionjiTemple, Kyoto. Apr 25, 2013.  Photography by Teruhide Tomori of Flickr

Festival at Hyaku-manbenChionjiTemple, Kyoto. Apr 25, 2013. Photography by Teruhide Tomori of Flickr

Japanese traditional costume for Yamabushi monk

Japanese traditional costume for Yamabushi monk

Kyudo archer; different stance from what is usual...

Kyudo archer; different stance from what is usual...

"Fujiwara Tamie.  She’s showing what a noble woman would wear while traveling. She represents Fujiwara Tamie, the author of Izayo Nikki in the 1200s.  Fujiwara Tamie was played by the geiko Umeha from Kamishichiken.”  Photography and text by fuyou-hime on Flickr.  Jidai Matsuri, Kyoto, Japan.  October 22, 2008

"Fujiwara Tamie. She’s showing what a noble woman would wear while traveling. She represents Fujiwara Tamie, the author of Izayo Nikki in the 1200s. Fujiwara Tamie was played by the geiko Umeha from Kamishichiken.” Photography and text by fuyou-hime on Flickr. Jidai Matsuri, Kyoto, Japan. October 22, 2008

"The shakuhachi flute is traditionally made of bamboo, but versions now exist in ABS and hardwoods. It was used by the monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen  (blowing meditation).  Originally introduced from China into Japan in the 8th century and underwent a resurgence in the early Edo Period."  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGLACie61-Q

"The shakuhachi flute is traditionally made of bamboo, but versions now exist in ABS and hardwoods. It was used by the monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen (blowing meditation). Originally introduced from China into Japan in the 8th century and underwent a resurgence in the early Edo Period." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGLACie61-Q

Geiko Momiju dancing the Kabuki Odori,

Geiko Momiju dancing the Kabuki Odori,

Yamabushi (Japanese mountain ascetic hermits) performing a ritual of making offerings into consecrated fire. 採燈大護摩

Yamabushi (Japanese mountain ascetic hermits) performing a ritual of making offerings into consecrated fire. 採燈大護摩

Street seller of sweet-cakes. Hand-colored photo. Late 19th century, Japan

Street seller of sweet-cakes. Hand-colored photo. Late 19th century, Japan

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