A Burst Of Color: The Yukata Girls of Kyoto

A Burst Of Color: The Yukata Girls of Kyoto


Arashiyama Kyoto, Japan.

August 10, 2011


“If we walk down this street go straight and turn left, we will end up by Katsura-gawa.” I said to Cholo.

“Are you sure?” he asks.

I rolled my eyes and replied, “Yes.”

“How do you know?”

“It’s on the map.” I replied.

A burst of colored appeared before me. I fell silent.

I took out my mom’s camera.

The girl passed us by.

I turned around raised by mom’s camera and CLICK!




My first Yukata sighting.


We had just arrived in Kyoto that afternoon and decided to venture around our neighborhood.

We found ourselves right across from the Tenryu-ji in Susukinobaba-chō, Ukyō Ward, Kyoto, Japan, a UNESCO world heritage sight. We decided to explore it another day and turned left on the intersection.

I was welcomed with a throng of girls dressed in their Yukata.

Suddenly everywhere I turned, there are lots of girls in their Yukata!

It’s like watching colorful flowers bloom under the summer sun. It is indeed a sight to behold.


If one decides to travel to Japan in the summer, I believe one of the best sights that awaits you are the Yukata girls. It amazes me that such tradition lives in a modern society.

It is perfectly okay to have your photo taken with them! They look forward to it. Just approach them, ask kindly and you will be rewarded.


to view the complete album (on my facebook), click here.


About tor

Tor is a freelance Makeup Artist in the Philippines. His work can be seen around the Southeast Asian Region in countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. Tor loves traveling on a budget and backpacking in different countries. Life is bringing out the TRAVELER in him.

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