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Oiran Dochu Procession, Tokyo Jidai Matsuri
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Plum Blossom Queen at Kairakuen StationShe was passing out maps of the garden. It was a nice touch to see two of these kimono beauties greeting us.
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Plum Blossom Queen
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Rear view
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Tekomai geisha costume is partially masculine with trousers instead of skirts. Their right shoulder is "exposed" showing a flower design. They carry a red paper lantern imprinted with their names and use their right hand to drag a wand."Asakusa" is written on her lantern. 手古舞
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Kusatsu Shukuba Festival, Shiga Pref. 大奥夢道中
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Tekomai geisha
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Kusatsu Shukuba Festival, Shiga Pref.
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)Dancer's name is Maiko 舞子
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2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)
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3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo)
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Court ladies called myobu. 命婦
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Kusatsu Shukuba Festival, Shiga Pref.
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito
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Court lady called myobu. 命婦
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito
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Ariwara no Narihira (825-880) comes to east Japan在原業平 東下り
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Yamato Awa Odori
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Court ladies called uneme. Their kimono have a blue wave design. 釆女釆女
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"Nanohanaya"
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Unlike normal kimono, she wears the obi sashi in the front instead of the back. This is so that she can show off her beautiful obi which would otherwise be covered by the uchikake outer garment.
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Nohime 農姫
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Okinawan KimonoOkinawa is a chain of subtropical islands in southern Japan between Kyushu and Taiwan. It developed its own language and culture while it was an independent kingdom centuries ago. Okinawan kimono, hairstyles, and dances therefore look quite different from the rest of Japan.

On the left is an Okinawan dancer wearing a kimono with her right arm exposed outside the sleeve. The dance is called "Nuchibana" (flower lei) featuring a string of red and white flowers. The dance expresses the feelings of a young woman in love.

The dancer on the right is wearing an Okinawan kimono called the bingata, perhaps Okinawa's most famous kimono. The design is made by applying dyes through a stencil. It was originally worn by Okinawa's royal family members. It is now the costume of a slow-moving Okinawan dance called "Yotsudake."
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげThis is a maiko.
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady
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Inner palace women
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Inner palace women
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Another Shinsaibashi Top Lady
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Oiran Dochu procession, Tokyo
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna. 騎女
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Oiran Dochu Procession. This is definitely the highlight of the festival, and my favorite part of the festival. 花の吉原おいらん道中
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna.
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Kamogawa Odori Geisha Dance, KyotoA scene from the annual Kamogawa Odori dance held in May in Kyoto. She wears a multi-layer kimono whose colors contrast well with each other. This type of kimono was worn by the nobility.
See more photos of this dance here.
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Oiran Dochu Procession
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Oiran Dochu Procession花の吉原おいらん道中
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Oiran Dochu Procession. Also see the video at YouTube. 花の吉原おいらん道中
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Oiran Dochu Procession. It's a wig. Also see the video at YouTube.
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Oiran Dochu Procession in front of Kaminarimon Gate, Asakusa.花の吉原おいらん道中
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Oiran Dochu Procession花の吉原おいらん道中
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Oiran Dochu Procession. This picture was taken in the 1990s when they had two oiran in the festival. Now they have only one. 花の吉原おいらん道中
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Aoi Festival, KyotoHeld in May, the Aoi (Hollyhock) Festival is one of Kyoto's Big Three festivals. It is a long parade of people dressed in historical costumes from the Heian Period (794-1185) when Kyoto was Japan's capital. Each participant also wears a small branch of hollyhock.
See more photos of this festival here.
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New Year's, Gifu Station
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Coming-of-Age Day, Himeji
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Kimono women going to a convenience store, Ako, Hyogo
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Cigarette break on Coming-of-Age Day. Yes, they can now smoke legally.Ako, Hyogo Pref.
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Oiran Dochu Procession花の吉原おいらん道中
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Aoi Festival, KyotoThe parade proceeds through a long route in Kyoto, taking a few hours.
See more photos of this festival here.
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Edo Geisha, She was the only one with a smile.
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Edo Geisha江戸芸者
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This was the only one who had a smile. The others were quite serious and solemn.
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Mistress Okichi, the infamous mistress of Townsend Harris, America's first ambassador to Japan when he was in Shimoda. Another mistress was provided to Harris' interpreter.Okichi was the infamous mistress of Townsend Harris, America's first ambassador to Japan. Another mistress was provided to Harris' interpreter.

黒船来航・浦賀奉行
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Hagoita Honey poses in Asakusa
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Hagoita Honey
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Hagoita Honey
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Hagoita Honey
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Koenji Awa Odori
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Ise Jingu shrine maidens look the same as any other shrine maidens. They are likely college students hired just for New Year's to sell goods.
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Oiran
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Spreading her wings. She did almost the same thing as the first oiran, except for the latter part of the show.
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Oiran
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The person in black is the kurogo attendant.
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She posed for me too.
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Kamuro attendants and oiran courtesan at the Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri Oiran Dochu Procession in Asakusa, Tokyo.
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Back of oiran.
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Oiran stopped and posed for me. How nice of her...
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They showed beautiful kimono by models dressed to reflect the past.
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The kimono had flowery designs, but not sure if they were orchids.
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They also gave a geisha-like dance performance.
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Nagata Megumi, Biwako Otsu Tourist Ambassador for 2010, was also in the procession. 永田めぐみ
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The two Biwako Otsu Tourist Ambassadors for 2010, Inoue Madoka and Nagata Megumi. Selected from among 21 applicants in April 2010. For one year, their job is to promote tourism in Otsu. びわ湖大津観光大使:井上まどか、永田めぐみ
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Held on the last Sunday in March, the festival started at 11:30 am with the Saio princess carried on a palanquin arriving at a small park called Yume no Ogawa next to Ono Elementary School.
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The Saio princess wears a juni-hitoe (12-layer) robe reserved only for Imperial family members. For this festival, the Saio princess is portrayed by 20-year-old Chiaki Koyama (神山千明) from Shigaraki, Koka.
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Saio princess in juni-hitoe kimono.
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A few kimono ladies on their way to worship at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura.
   
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