It is a lovely kimono – and what a lovely smile!
This photo was posted on the official Oku Hanako website on January 7:
Ms. Oku-san is at a Shinto shrine, her first visit to a shrine this year.
The Japanese term “Hatsumōde” refers to a person’s first shrine visit of the New Year. Typically, it refers to a visit to a Shinto shrine, however a visit to a Buddhist temple is sometimes done. The translated page indicates that she admitted she has not visited a shrine in a long time. She also says it has been a long time since she wore a kimono! Oku-in-kimono photos are almost impossible to find.
She is doing that smirk, because that scroll she is reading is her O-mikuji.
An “O-mikuji” is a rolled or folded preprinted fortune which is purchased by making a small offering at the shrine.
I cannot tell from her post what the fortune reads, but she seems a bit amused — and maybe more than a bit skeptical about the prediction.
Perhaps the fortune predicts “at long last an unrequited love will be fulfilled”!
That would be great … but then she would be out of a job … Ha Ha … Oh.
Starlight: Missed this by only a month!
A song? Oh, OF COURSE you get a song!
Kimonos on Monday – the “48 Family” Photos: I am so happy that it is Monday (12:01 GMT), so I can finally share these photos from “Coming of Age Day” 2015. This first photo is a large image that is perfect for PC wallpaper. I am using it as my wallpaper right now. It makes me happy just looking at it. It makes me feel good every time I boot the computer!
Wallpaper size image for your computer!
Several members of the AKB, NMB, SKE, and HKT 48 groups attended “Coming of Age Day” ceremonies held at the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo.
The young women dressed in furisode, were blessed by a Shinto priest and drank holy sake as part of the ceremony.
Perhaps there were fewer “big name” participants from the AKB48 family turning 20 this year, but my oshimen — Iwasa Misaki was one of them. Best wishes to you Wasamin!
My oshi … Wasamin !
More “48 Family” Photos
So much cuteness AND traditional beauty!!!
… each one more lovely than the next!
The news reported that there were sub-freeing temperatures that day. The girls — I mean — ladies (as they are considered adults now) were good sports about having the photos taken!
You can read more on the Tokyo Girls Update web page article linked here.
Welcome to the world of grown-ups ladies!