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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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"Heian" comes from "Heian-kyo," the former name of Kyoto city.
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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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The Heian Period was when Kyoto was the capital of Japan where the Emperor resided.
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Kusatsu Shukuba Festival, Shiga Pref. 大奥夢道中
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Tekomai geisha
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The Aoi Matsuri (Festival) used to be called Kamo-sai, after the name of the two shrines which hold the festival.賀茂祭
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One of six court dancers called maibito. 舞人
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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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Narita Gion Matsuri
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2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)
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Saio-dai Princess procession. 斎王代
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The Saio-dai Retsu column begins. Consists of all women, highlighted by the Saio-dai Princess.
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3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo)
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High-ranking lady of the court
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Court ladies called myobu. 命婦
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Court lady 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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The festival lasts all day long, from morning until late afternoon. Incudes a flea market. 小松橋通り
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Court lady called myobu. 命婦
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Miss Nippon
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito
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Stage entertainment held on one end of the street. 街角ステージ
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Miss Nippon throw beans, but not very far.
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Kimono beauties and beans do mix well.
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Ariwara no Narihira (825-880) comes to east Japan在原業平 東下り
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At the starting point of the procession, the oiran gets ready to wear her high and heavy wooden clogs.
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斎王代
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The star and main focus of the festival and procession, the oiran or tayu courtesan.
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Head of the Edo-Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu procession which started at 1:30 pm. 江戸吉原おいらん道中
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The procession is headed by tekomai geisha who sing.
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Yamato Awa Odori
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Pagoda and maiko
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Baton holder
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The kamuro attendants precede the oiran.
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Court ladies called uneme. Their kimono have a blue wave design. 釆女釆女
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Oiran. Her wig and geta clogs weigh the same (about 7 kg or 15 pounds each) to keep her head and feet balanced. Her whole outfit weighs about 60 pounds (27 kg). That's why she needs his shoulder for support as she walks. 花魁
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna. 騎女They escort the Saio-dai Princess.
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Teens in yukata
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A large crowd line the narrow street.
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna. They escort the Saio-dai Princess.騎女
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Bean throwers make speeches.
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If you like women in yukata, see the Yoiyama (or Yoiyoiyama or Yoiyoiyoiyama during the three evenings before the main Gion Matsuri parade).
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Oiran Dochu procession, Ichiyo Sakura Festuval, Tokyo
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"Nanohanaya"
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna.騎女
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Miss Nippon somethings
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花魁道中
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna.騎女
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Throw the beans farther!
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Oiran Dochu procession, Ichiyo Sakura Festuval, Tokyo. Her obi sash is tied in the front in a knot called manaita-musubi.
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Fuku wa uchi!!
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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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Following the Saio-dai Princess are more high-ranking ladies of the court.
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Setsubun bean throwing at Takahata Fudoson temple, Hino, Tokyo
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Four ladies in waiting called shinzo, follow the oiran. They are future oiran.
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Nohime, wife of Oda Nobunaga. 農姫
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The Oiran Dochu procession proceeds slowly along the Ichiyo cherry-lined street.
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The procession nears the main stage where the procession ends.
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The oiran in clear view near the stage.
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They pose in front of the stage and bowed before going backstage.
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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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Oiran and her attendants then performed a short but spectacular oiran show on the stage from about 2 pm. おいらんショー
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Yotsudake, Okinawa's most famous dance. 四つ竹
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Dancer: Nariko Miyagi
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おいらんショー
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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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."
Model: Maki Uyeunten
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Back view of yotsudake dancers on stage.
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The gold folding screen, koto music, and dance made it a real visual treat.
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This dance is called "Nuchibana" (flower lei) featuring a string of red and white flowers.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.
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Kimono-clad beauties, winners of some Miss contest.
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Oiran drinks sake.
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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha
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Dancer: Nariko Miyagi
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Miss Ebisu-bashi
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげThis is a maiko.
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Lighting a tobacco pipe. (Real smoke)
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Her customer smokes the pipe.
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Oiran dances.
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Back view
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady
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I was shooting like rapid-fire continuous mode.
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Oiran dances with her kamuro attendants
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Ebisu on a palanquin.
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Geisha
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Fukagawa Tekomai geisha make their entrance. 深川手古舞
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Inner palace women
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Great show
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Geisha on a palanquin
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The Fukagawa Tekomai geisha make their way to the stage.
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Inner palace women
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Very colorful under the sun.
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Geisha on a palanquin, Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka
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They chant without instruments.
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Spectacular kimono
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Oiran have their obi sash tied in the front instead of the back like geisha in Kyoto.
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Her obi sash is also very ornate.
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I can only wonder how much this kimono costs.
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Each carry a lantern bearing their name.
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They always carry a flower hat, but I've never seen them wear it.
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At the end of the oiran show, they posed for photographers.
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The stage in Kiba Park and spectators.
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Fukagawa Tekomai Geisha performing at Kiba Park, Koto Ward, Tokyo.
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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Miss Ebisu-bashi
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Mother and twins in yukata
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Kamuro
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After the oiran show, the Oiran Dochu procession is held again for the return trip from 3 pm.
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High-ranking Lady of the Court 高級女官高級女官
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The procession passes by Ichiyo sakura trees.
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady
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High-ranking Lady of the Court高級女官
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Oiran Dochu procession, Tokyo
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Another Shinsaibashi Top Lady
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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Oiran Dochu procession, Tokyo
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High-ranking Lady of the Court 高級女官
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Before crossing the busy intersection, oiran takes off her clogs to wear normal slippers.
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Kawaii!!
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Her attendants keep her steady as she changes her footwear.
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斎王代、齋藤彩子さん(21)
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Be sure to see my video at YouTube.
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Clogs
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She put her clogs again and completed her return trip.
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The name of her teahouse was Matsubaya which was the last teahouse in the Yoshiwara district.
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Also see my photos of the Tsuchiyama Saio Princess Procession here. The procession ultimately went to Saiku, near Ise Grand Shrines in Mie Prefecture where the Saio princess served.
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Court ladies called uneme. Their kimono have a blue wave design. 釆女
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Bravo!
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna. 騎女
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna. 騎女
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna.
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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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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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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna.
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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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Textile exhibition 織物展The textiles were exhibited in the best rooms of the Palazzo Ducale, including the chapel shown here. Beautiful frescoes decorated the walls and ceilings. What a contrast it was between the Japanese kimono and religious motif.

織物は宮殿の一番豪華な多数の部屋に展示された。
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Textile exhibition 織物展The textiles included kimono, noren curtains, and stenciled works.

着物、のれんなど展示された。
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Textile exhibition catalog: Avvolti Nel Mito 織物展図録The textiles exhibited are shown in this catalog called "Avvolti Nel Mito" (Wrapped in the Myth) published by Ideart. Language is Italian. Order from PhotoGuide Japan's iStore.
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Reception table backed by a board listing various corporate sponsors. I attended the final show on Oct. 29, 2008 at 3 pm.
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Stairway to the hall.
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A side attraction was a tea session (ocha-seki) performed and served by two geisha (or hangyoku). It cost 700 yen for tea and sweets. お茶席
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Hall lobby (Get that trash bin outta there.)
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The 2nd floor had a booth selling Asakusa geisha souvenirs. The dance program was 1,000 yen.
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A hand towel with the names of all the current Asakusa geisha was selling for 1,500 yen. They also had T-shirts.
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Name cards of all the geisha were sold for 100 yen apiece.
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Name cards of all 49 Asakusa geisha.
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The dance consisted of four numbers. The first one was called Sara Sanban-so (晒三番叟) which was first performed in Edo in Nov. 1755. 宝暦5年
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