Viral Mt. Fuji Highschool Girls Reunite To Celebrate Coming Of Age Day

A couple of years ago, Japanese photographer Shinnosuke Uchida who goes by the handle @SinPictures on Twitter, took an image of two young high school students in their uniform walking along the streets in Shizuoka. He captioned the tweet, “Miho high school girls have the most photogenic daily lives in Japan.”

The photo looks magnificent with the backdrop of Mt. Fuji and Miho city’s streets. Although Mt. Fuji is the most active element of the photo, the thing that impressed people was how the image instantly created the feeling of friendship between two young girls. The photo captures the fun and casual fun that friends can have in the leisurely times of youth, the moments that are entirely pointless yet meaningful in our memories.

They’re the type of moments we’ve less and less of a chance to have as we grow older and busier. The added bittersweetness is that the picture was taken in March, just before the close of the Japanese school year. And it’s not uncommon for the closest of high school buddies to split and fall out after graduation and then move on to college or for work.

However, a couple of weeks ago, Coming of Age Day was celebrated in Japan, where people who turned 20 the 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 at the exact location where their previous photo was taken. Instead of uniforms for school, they’re sporting Kimonos that have flowing sleeves, as is the norm for women attending the ceremony. Their attire might be different, however. The feeling of being friends is the same as two years ago.

Others also mentioned the new tempura bowl food (Tian Jing sets to) sign the restaurant they’re sitting next to has put up as well as that there appears to be more snow on the summit of Mt. Fuji on the march/school uniform photos as opposed to the January/kimono image. But, Uchida says that this is always the case for Mt. Fuji and that it receives its most dense snowpack during April every year.

Uchida describes the women in the pictures in the photos as “models,” though without specifying whether that’s to be understood as “people who earn money by being in photographs” or “people who agreed to be in a photograph.” In this way, it’s unclear whether they’re high school acquaintances who reunited for the first time in a long time at Coming of Age Day or just two professionals with a lot of talent. In any case, we’re likely to remember all of the photos sometime soon, and we’ll get to see them again when they reach another of the significant events in our lives.


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