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Portraits of Geisha by Akif Hakan Celebi

Fashion, Japan, Photography, Traditional Japan

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Akif Hakan Celebi is a fashion and fine arts photographer. Born in Istanbul, Celebi now lives and works both in his home country and the US, as well as travelling internationally. Celebi is known for combining portraiture with fashion photography, as well as documenting street style. I’ll be posting more of his portfolio later, or else check out his extensive work on his official website and deviant art site.

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Scans: Contemporary Wedding Kimono

Fashion, Japan, Traditional Japan

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I picked up these scans of beautiful contemporary wedding kimono a while back on the Immortal Geisha forums. Unfortunately, I couldn’t manage to find the exact post again, so I can’t tell you anything about the publication these pictures were taken from because I can’t read kanji.

These scans show how the kimono is evolving as formal wear, with traditionally styled kimono being paired with modern hairstyles on almost every page. Motifs and colours are chosen to represent the season as well as having symbolic meaning – for example the crane, which mates for life, represents longevity and fidelity. To me a colorful kimono is so much bolder than a white wedding gown, and I love the celebratory feel of the fresh floral patterns in bright colours. Enjoy!

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An Introduction to Green Tea

Japan, Traditional Japan

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The tea ceremony requires years of training and patience, yet the whole of this art, as to its detail, signifies no more than the making and serving of a cup of tea. The supremely important matter is that the act be performed in the most perfect, most polite, most graceful, most charming manner possible”

Lafcadio Hearn

Green teawas introduced to Japan in the 13th century and has become an essential component of traditional Japanese cuisine. Green tea powder, or matcha, is also used as a flavoring for many desserts and sweets, while hot tea is sometimes poured over rice as a snack.

This is a quick introduction to the most common varieties of Japanese green tea with instructions on the correct way to brew them. However there are many more varieties, not to mention all the types of Chinese green tea, so look up whatever is in your cupboard and try brewing it correctly. Traditionally green tea is never served with milk and sugar, but contemporary tea houses now serve treats like matcha milkshakes and green tea espresso’s, so I’m also including a few fun recipes here for you to try.

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