Friday, August 25, 2023

Kyoto June 1972

Michael Cairns
Generations: Kyoto 1972

A weekly image from my archive.

When I saw this image from a early 1970s trip to Japan, I was immediately taken with the juxtaposition of the old and the new. Japanese business culture only allowed 'career girls' to enter the workforce fairly recently and this young woman must have been a fairly unusual sight on the streets of Kyoto in 1972. The old woman, small in stature and wearing traditional clothing seems to be confused by the obvious, casual disdain of the younger woman. Here is the brash future of Japan contrasting with the traditional, centuries old past.

Originally posted July 1, 2010


Brian O'Leary said...

It might just be me, but pictures like yours also remind me of how fleeting time can be. The young woman on left is now older than the bemused one of the right. I wonder how she looks at 20-somethings today.

MC said...

Brian, I completely agree and that's been more and more apparent to me as I have gone through all these family slides.