Fukuoka Kimono Walk #6

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Sixth edition of Fukuoka Kimono Walk ! Already half a year passed ! Time flies so quickly and I'm happy to always have as much fun as I have at the beginning. This time, I went to Hakozaki shrine in eastern Fukuoka.

Fukuoka Kimono Walk, June edition
Fukuoka Kimono Walk, June edition



About Fukuoka Kimono Walk

Logo de Fukuoka Kimono Walk


Fukuoka Kimono Walk is a one year photography project : each month, I am introducing a traditionnal place somewhere in Fukuoka city by wearing a kimono which fits the season.
This project is aiming to show a different Fukuoka, far from the big modern city image, while making kimono more accessible.



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I thought about the place I wanted to present this time almost at the beginning of this projet : the Hakozaki shrine (筥崎宮) . The reason for this choice? The beautiful hydrangeas garden which are my favorite flowers and which  reflected well the mood I wanted to give to this issue: the rainy season .
I had started the shooting earlier this month during the full bloom but unfortunately I deleted all my photos (I forgotten that I hadn't put them on my laptop yet). I have therefore had to come back twice : once for the garden and once for the photoshoot in yukata . For the latter I 've realized in the subway I had left my camera at home ... re oops. Fortunately Daisuke was with me and was able to take me with my  iPhone and the quality is better than I thought. Next time I would pay more attention !

This time no kimono : it is now too hot to wear one, the yukata season began. As I own several yukata at home I had to choose. I choose this beautiful pink yukata with yellow, blue and darker pink floral pattern. This yukata has a special meaning for me because it is the first yukata I ever owned. I asked a cousin working in Japan for the 2005 World Expo in Nagoya to buy one for me and he came back with this cutie.
Among all my yukata is the one that stuck most in the season. For me, rainy season colors are pink, blue, purple and gray (color of hydrangeas and sky) and it was very appropriate. I dressed up myself and I admit I kind of became bad a wearing a yukata after a year without practicing but the result is not too catastrophic even though a trained eye will spot what is wrong.

The deep blue is perfect and I tied the easiest way (and the only way I know). I completed it with a pastel shades obijime, recalling rainy season colors. Obijime was more for decoration that necessary. On the feet, I donned pink zori. For hair, I tried something I wanted to do for a long time: twin tails doubly tied with two ribbons to stay kawaii.

A word about the Hakozaki shrine. Founded in the 10th century, during the Heian era, it's one of the 3 main Hachiman types shrine in Japan (we pray Hachiman, the god who protect Japan and Japanese). Th Sakura gate is unique and huge : the roof is 7 times the size of the base of the door! It is also classified (as other buildings) as important cultural property of Japan.
The legend says that the placenta of the oldest Japanese emperor (Ojin) was placed in a box that was buried and over it a pine, Hakomatsu (筥松) was planted . This tree is still alive and is surrounded by a protective and holy vermilion barrier where people hang ema on, tablets vows. The shrine extends to the sea where there is a beach and a torii. The sand is sacred and is used by men as participating in Yamakasa as a purifier. This is one of the very first event of this great festival. Also, every year in September, the Hojoya takes place in the shrine. It's one of the three largest festival in Fukuoka (with Hakata Gion Yamakasa and Dontaku).

I must admit I 'm not a fan of this shrine. I find not welcoming. I have no more to say about it . But the hydrangeas garden is really nice and one of the must to go places if you're in Fukuoka in June. Too bad it didn't rain a little during the shoot, I would have loved to take pictures under an umbrella.

See you next month !


Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka
Hakozaki shrine
Béné no Fukuoka ! Fukuoka Kimono Walk at Hakozaki Shrine

Hydrangea garden at Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka
Rilakkuma came with me !
Fukuoka Kimono Walk at Hakozaki Shrine

Hydrangea garden at Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka

Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka

Hydrangea garden at Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka

Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka
Sakura gate
Fukuoka Kimono Walk at Hakozaki Shrine

Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka

Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka

Hydrangea garden at Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka

Fukuoka Kimono Walk at Hakozaki Shrine

Fukuoka Kimono Walk at Hakozaki Shrine

Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka
Hakomatsu
Hydrangea garden at Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka

Fukuoka Kimono Walk at Hakozaki Shrine

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