My Day as a Celebrity

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Ever wondered what it would feel like to be a celebrity? An easy way to find out (if you’re in Japan) is to put on a kimono and head to the nearest major shrine. Foreign tourists love to see/photograph Japanese women in traditional kimonos, but if you’re a natural blonde foreigner like me then the locals will start snapping away too.

In Japan you become an adult when you turn 20. To celebrate, coming of age ceremonies called seijinshiki 成人式 are held on the second Monday of January for which most women wear kimonos. We celebrated on our own a month later in Kamakura and although this meant we were the ONLY people wearing kimonos, at least we weren’t trudging through snow like the other poor girls due to the mini blizzard on January 14th.

As you’d imagine, kimonos aren’t the most comfortable clothing and the shoes take a while to get used to. We sure weren’t getting anywhere fast! But it was one the best experiences I’ve ever had and a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

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9 Responses to “My Day as a Celebrity”
  1. you look fantastic in your kimono! 成人式おめでとう :)

  2. travelscapism says:

    Great post… I just don’t think I could pull of a kimono ;)

  3. mcddanielle says:

    I never thought twice about a kimono until I read Memoirs of a Geisha. Great read, and wow, what an effort the traditional dress must have been! Thanks for sharing!

  4. vagabondvirginia says:

    This is great! I have a post about being a celebrity in India because Indians love a blond foreigner too! Your kimono is beautiful too!!

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