The blog of Tokyo based photographer and photojournalist, Damon Coulter

Blurring the line

Japanese women wearing business suits and kimono rush through Shibuya`s Centre Gai on a Friday night.

Funny the role of the ubiquitous OL or Office Lady is little more than eye-candy for the male office workers she works with yet the power-dressing speaks of independence and career ambition.

Meanwhile the kimono has been reclaimed by woman as a symbol of fun, associated with festivals, parties  and celebrations, often with their female friends alone, when to dress-up means putting on these beautiful silks and going out to show them off.

Just a little ironic don`t you think?



5 responses

  1. Hey Damon,

    Another great shot. Centregai is a good place for night shots, like the motion in the image and the blurb with it.



    September 10, 2009 at 10:00 pm

  2. Ady

    Ironic indeed 🙂

    For some reason, even as a gaijin, i’d prefer the OL !

    September 10, 2009 at 10:21 pm

  3. Great shot!

    September 11, 2009 at 4:39 pm

  4. Great snap, and yes, very ironic indeed!

    September 11, 2009 at 7:58 pm

  5. Hey Damon,

    Thanks for the comments as always. Yeah, Nick is a good writer, I think it’s difficulty to make a drinks column humorous and informative, but he pulls it off really well. I’ve been working with him on it for about a year now, when I have the time I take the shots for his column. I do the same for a couple of other writers too. Every little helps…



    September 14, 2009 at 1:42 am

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