Cinderella on the Train

Returning this evening from a most pleasant day visiting friends in Osaka, I noticed this couple sit behind me on the train.

“Gosurori” Couple on a Train -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 32mm — 1/60 sec, f/4, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
“Gosurori” Couple on a Train
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 18mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 90mm — 1/45 sec, f/5.3, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos

Their style would be called ゴスロリ (gosurori — “Gothic Lolita”).

I asked whether they dressed like this on a daily basis, to which she responded that yes shd did, although today was just a bit extra special (perhaps referring to her fabric crown, but I can't be sure). I asked why today was special, to which they conferred a bit on how to express it, finally saying that they were going to a “tea party.”

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/180 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos

They were polite and well spoken, and I enjoyed a short chat with them. We soon arrived at Hankyuu Kawaramachi Station, so I thanked them for letting me take their picture, and bade them farewell and to enjoy their party.

I only wish that I could have attended myself.


All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

Interesting,sort of. Noticed he had no piercings or tattoos that I could discern. Too bad you couldn’t have talked him into giving you that Rosary from around his neck. My guess is that they were going to some kind of Halloween party and were teasing you that they dressed like this all the time. Little Bo Peep was really cute.

— comment by Grandma Friedl on November 5th, 2007 at 12:25am JST (10 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Check out this link for some really artistic shots of people dressed in this fashion. This guy found some amazing subjects in one part of Japan, I forget where he said it was.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/manganite/844703851/in/set-72057594112663850/

— comment by Jon Van Dalen on November 5th, 2007 at 12:32am JST (10 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Maybe this is a preview of what Anthony will be wearing 12 or 13 years from now. Should I send him some black nail polish, for practice? 🙂

— comment by Marcina on November 5th, 2007 at 4:12am JST (10 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

I was looking for Lightroom help when i came across your Lightroom Facebook page, I have to say though that I wish there was some content to sift through but that is okay because i didn’t leave disappointed as I went to your main profile page and seen that you had a blog and I have really enjoyed going through your Journals and going through the motions with your family while watching Anthony learn what most kids here in America would never even want to try. That is to learn a new language. How proud you and your wife must be of Anthony.

— comment by Tamber Bliss on March 25th, 2010 at 9:04am JST (7 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink
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