Dressing up for Japan’s Coming of Age Day (成人の日)

To see more photos and videos of Coming of Age Day celebrations in Japan, browse the #成人の日, #成人式 and #ComingOfAgeDay hashtags.

On the second Monday of January, Japan’s Coming of Age Day (成人の日) takes place. The holiday congratulates and emboldens young men and women who turned the legal adult age of 20 during the previous year. On this day, the 20-year-old men and women will often have their portraits taken by professional photographers, attend ceremonies hosted by city or prefectural halls and gather for middle school and high school reunions.

The day is full of celebration events, many of which are attended in formal dress. This consists of fashionable suits or traditional Japanese menswear called hakama (袴) for men and gorgeously designed kimonos with long sleeves called furisode (振り袖) for women. The event is of particular importance for women and often requires going to beauty salons early in the morning to have hair and makeup styled as well as picking out the perfect furisode well in advance. Lately, girls will also have their manicures match the designs of their kimonos.


Creating Self-Portrait Illusions with @vivaladiva_

To see more photos and videos of Malin’s self-portraits, follow @vivaladiva_.

On first glance at Malin Bergman’s (@vivaladiva_) self-portraits, you might think she has her back turned to the camera. But upon closer inspection, the truth is revealed.

"I’m really fond of photos that at first sight look nice and flawless, but when you look closer for a while you start to notice details that give an illusion that not all is as peaceful and perfect as you first thought."

Malin uses her long red hair as a prop to create imaginative self-portraits that make the viewer work hard to determine the mood of the photo.

"Quite early on when I started shooting portraits, I was interested in disguising the faces of the people I photographed, both with masques and simply by asking the person to face away from the camera. The facial expression tells you a lot, but if you hide it, it’s harder for the viewer to interpret the mood in the photo which makes it more interesting and lets the viewer interpret it in their own way."

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, her style began as an art project on self-portraits.

"I started to experiment with my camera and self-timer and thought I didn’t just want to take a plain portrait of my face with the hair hanging down, so I combed my hair over my face. When I looked at the photo in the camera, I saw that you couldn’t really tell if it was taken from behind me or in front of me and I liked that optical illusion."

Malin often uses another subject to adjust lighting and composition, then shows them where to hold the phone as she steps into the frame. She tries to add a small detail to distort reality.

"I get very inspired by the surrealism in my pictures, but I try to make that influence just slightly noticeable. I hope that my photos affects the viewer in a way that makes him/her stop and view the picture one more time and let their own fantasies decide what the photo really shows."


The Hyperrealist Sculptures of Ron Mueck

To view works from Ron Mueck’s current exhibit in Buenos Aires, visit the Fundación Proa location page.

Australian-born sculptor Ron Mueck has lived and worked in the United Kingdom for the past several decades, where he has gained global notoriety for his hyperrealist sculptures fashioned from fiberglass, silicon and resin. By replicating human anatomy in excruciating detail, Mueck dramatizes and explores themes of life and death through sculptures both miniature and massive.

Mueck’s latest works, which debuted in April at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, France, recently made their way to Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In March, the show will continue its tour through South America at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro.


Local Lens: Exploring Rio de Janeiro with @ticianaporto

In this series, we let local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around their hometown. To explore more of Rio de Janeiro, follow @ticianaporto on Instagram.

As the community of Instagrammers has grown and connected people across the globe, so too has our ability to share some of the personal, hidden and beautiful locations in our hometowns.

In the second of a two-part series of local guides to Rio de Janeiro, Carioca Instagrammer Ticiana Porto (@ticianaporto) shares her favorite places to capture in the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City). Ticiana has lived in Rio for 10 years and has challenged herself to take and share a different photo of the city each day since 2011.

To kick off your visit, Ticiana suggests cycling along the seaside, starting in the eastern beach community of Leblon. “Head west and you’ll reach the famous sidewalks of Ipanema and then Arpoador, a small peninsula with a great view. Stop for a photo and a coconut in Arpoador, then keep cycling along Copacabana Beach to the Leme neighborhood.” Not a fan of cycling? Ticiana also encourages visitors to stop and spend an afternoon on Ipanema Beach, drinking caipirinhas and admiring the fashions. “In Ipanema, everyone goes to the beach dressed and ready for their night out after.”

For some grand views of Rio de Janeiro, Ticiana has three favorite spots:

  1. See Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) atop Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf).
  2. From atop Corcovado, check out the view of Floresta Atlântica and the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas extending out to sea.
  3. Spend an afternoon in Santa Teresa and take in the view of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf) from Parque das Ruinas (Ruins Park).

Cta (Taken with Instagram)

Cta (Taken with Instagram)