The viral high school girls from Mount Fuji reunite to celebrate the day of coming of age


A few years ago, Japanese photographer Shinnosuke Uchida, who goes by the handle @SinPictures on Twitter, he took a picture of two young high school students in uniforms walking the streets in Shizuoka. He captioned the tweet: “Miho high school girls have the most photogenic everyday life in Japan.”

The photo looks great against the backdrop of Mount Fuji and the streets of the city of Miho. Although Mount Fuji is the most active element of the photo, what impressed people was the way the photo immediately created a feeling of friendship between the two young girls. The photo captures the fun and casual fun friends can have in the unhurried times of youth, moments that are completely nonsensical but meaningful in our memories.

These are moments that we have fewer and fewer chances to get as we get older and busier. On an added bittersweet note, the photo was taken in March, just before the end of the Japanese school year. And it’s not uncommon for your closest high school buddies to break up and argue after graduation and then move on to college or work.

However, a few weeks ago Japan celebrated Maturity Day, where people who turned 20 last year returned to their hometowns to celebrate, and Uchida has a new photo to show off.

These are the same two girls in the same post right where their previous photo was taken. Instead of school uniforms, they wear kimonos with flowing sleeves, which is the norm for women attending the ceremony. However, their attire may be different. The feeling of being friends is the same as two years ago.

Others have also mentioned a new bowl of tempura food (Tian Jing is preparing for) signed by the restaurant they are sitting next to, and that there seems to be more snow on top of Mount Fuji on the march/pictures of school uniforms in unlike the january/kimono image. However, Uchida says that this is always the case with Mount Fuji and that it receives its heaviest layer of snow every April.

Uchida describes the women in the photos as “models”, though she does not specify whether this should be understood as “people who make money from the photos” or “people who agreed to be in the photo”. Thus, it is not clear whether these are high school friends who met for the first time in a long time on Coming of Age Day, or just two professionals with a lot of talent. In any case, we will probably recall all the photos soon and see them again when it comes to the next major event in our lives.

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