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JR Shimada Station on the Tokaido Line. It's about 30 min. east of JR Shizuoka Station. On the right is the small plaza where they danced.
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Shimada Mage Matsuri dancers in front of Shimada Station, one of several locations in the city where they danced on Sept. 19, 2010.
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If you go to Kyoto and see geisha, their hairstyle is usually the Shimada-ryu style. One leading theory says that Shimada-ryu originated here in Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture.
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In memory of this haristyle, a group of beauticians and hairdressers in Shimada hold this annual festival where they don the Shimada-ryu hairstyle (usually with their real hair) and dance in yukata.
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When you see geishain Kyoto, etc., they usually wear a wig. But at this festival, you can see most women using their real hair in the Shimada-ryu style.
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They danced to recorded music.
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As you can see, there are variations in the hairstyle and adornments of Shimada-ryu.
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She's wearing a wig.
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It's pretty easy to tell if it's a wig, with thicker hair strands and bulkier hair. Real hair are pretty thin in comparison. Although Japanese women's hair might've been thicker in the old days.
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I had never seen so many women wearing Shimada-ryu with their real hair, so I was very impressed.
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I wonder how much it costs to make your this way in a beauty salon in Shimada. That is, if your hair were long enough.
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Shimada Mage Matsuri in Shimada, Shizuoka. Her real hair in Shimada-ryu style.
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After dancing in front of Shimada Station for about 15 min., the dancers walked to the next location nearby.
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Walking along the main drag in Shimada.
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The fans state the name of the hairstyle they are wearing.
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Next dance site. ビック跡地
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Even little girls don the Shimada-ryu style with their real hair and dance.
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If you have noticed many women and girls with long black hair in Shimada, now you know why.
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Dancing again.
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Shimada Mage Matsuri in Shimada, Shizuoka. Her real hair in Shimada-ryu style.
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Shimada-ryu hairstyle at Shimada Mage Matsuri, Shizuoka.
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I wonder if 7-year-old girls in Shimada have their hair done in Shimada-ryu for shichi-go-san.
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Another hairstyle variation.
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They now proceed to Oi Shrine to dance there. The festival also has a thanksgiving prayer at the shrine in honor of the Shimada-ryu hairstyle. Unfortunately, I had to leave Shimada and could not see it.
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Shimada Mage Matsuri video.
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Shimada Mage Matsuri poster for 2010.
   
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