Most viewed - Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri Oiran Dochu Procession 一葉桜まつりおいらん道中
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The star and main focus of the festival and procession, the oiran or tayu courtesan.1202 views
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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.1122 views
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Oiran dances.1107 views
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Elaborate oiran wig weighing about 7 kg or 15 pounds.878 views
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Oiran Dochu procession, Ichiyo Sakura Festuval, Tokyo869 views
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The kamuro attendants precede the oiran.719 views
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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713 views
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Close-up of Ichiyo sakura cherry blossoms. "Ichiyo" means "one leaf." You can see that the flower actually has a small green leaf inside. 一葉桜701 views
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Oiran Dochu procession, Tokyo688 views
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The procession is headed by tekomai geisha who sing.637 views
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At the starting point of the procession, the oiran gets ready to wear her high and heavy wooden clogs.598 views
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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.565 views
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Four ladies in waiting called shinzo, follow the oiran. They are future oiran.550 views
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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531 views
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Entrance to the Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri festival site on Komatsu-bashi-dori near Asakusa, behind Sensoji temple. 小松橋通り524 views
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Back view455 views
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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436 views
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Stage entertainment held on one end of the street. 街角ステージ426 views
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Baton holder395 views
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A large crowd line the narrow street.367 views
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Lighting a tobacco pipe. (Real smoke)358 views
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Kamuro337 views
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Oiran dances with her kamuro attendants332 views
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Her customer smokes the pipe.329 views
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Great show329 views
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I was shooting like rapid-fire continuous mode.325 views
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Oiran drinks sake.321 views
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The name of her teahouse was Matsubaya which was the last teahouse in the Yoshiwara district.313 views
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Her attendants keep her steady as she changes her footwear.308 views
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At the end of the oiran show, they posed for photographers.307 views
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Spectacular kimono306 views
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Ichiyo sakura cherry blossom trees line the street where the Oiran Dochu procession will proceed. 一葉桜301 views
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The Oiran Dochu procession proceeds slowly along the Ichiyo cherry-lined street.296 views
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The festival lasts all day long, from morning until late afternoon. Incudes a flea market. 小松橋通り291 views
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おいらんショー291 views
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I can only wonder how much this kimono costs.291 views
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The gold folding screen, koto music, and dance made it a real visual treat.289 views
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Festival banner. The Ichiyo Sakura Festival is held in April along the main Komatsu-bashi-dori street lined with Ichiyo cherry blossoms. These photos were taken on April 14, 2007. 小松橋通り281 views
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Oiran Dochu procession, Tokyo277 views
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Bravo!276 views
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The oiran in clear view near the stage.275 views
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Oiran have their obi sash tied in the front instead of the back like geisha in Kyoto.273 views
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Her obi sash is also very ornate.267 views
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She put her clogs again and completed her return trip.266 views
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Very colorful under the sun.257 views
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Before crossing the busy intersection, oiran takes off her clogs to wear normal slippers.257 views
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My YouTube video of the oiran show in 2010.255 views
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After the oiran show, the Oiran Dochu procession is held again for the return trip from 3 pm.245 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.241 views
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The procession nears the main stage where the procession ends.238 views
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Clogs237 views
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They pose in front of the stage and bowed before going backstage.229 views
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Oiran226 views
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Be sure to see my video at YouTube.225 views
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Oiran219 views
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Kamuro attendants and oiran courtesan at the Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri Oiran Dochu Procession in Asakusa, Tokyo.217 views
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The person in black is the kurogo attendant.201 views
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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.197 views
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The procession passes by Ichiyo sakura trees.185 views
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Tekomai geisha posing for photos.160 views
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The day's entertainment was capped by taiko drummers.144 views
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Back of oiran.140 views
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She posed for me too.138 views
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Oiran stopped and posed for me. How nice of her...138 views
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Lots of eye candy in this show.116 views
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A beautiful day for an oiran matsuri.112 views
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The oiran herself. This year, the oiran and other women were portrayed by women who applied for this job voluntarily. I don't think they performed professionally in any oiran shows.85 views
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Kamuro. They might be high school age.79 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.77 views
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The first oiran group arrives in front of the stage.73 views
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Kamuro attendants.71 views
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Then leans sideways mimicking the slope of Mt. Fuji.71 views
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This time I focused on the Oiran Show and didn't chase the procession heading to this stage. The opening act were these musicians playing festival music.70 views
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Tekomai geisha70 views
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Kamuro and oiran69 views
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On the way back, both oiran did not wear the high geta clogs as they did when they arrived. Too tiring...67 views
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The second oiran then appeared on stage.66 views
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She gives an approving (seductive?) glance at him.66 views
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I saw this festival again on April 10, 2010 and these are the pictures. The highlight was not one, but two oiran entourages who appeared.64 views
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The tekomai geisha first appeared and posed for photos.64 views
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They pose for pictures.64 views
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The show was almost the same as before. She leans back like this.62 views
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Leaning right, then...62 views
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Oiran show begins. Also see my video of this performance at YouTube.61 views
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She receives a smoking pipe from her kamuro.60 views
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Then they got up and left the stage.60 views
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Oiran and her court pose for pictures.59 views
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She lights the pipe.58 views
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End of the first oiran show.57 views
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She gives the pipe to her customer.57 views
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He smokes it. Also see my video of this performance at YouTube.56 views
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Leaning left.55 views
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She wears normal footwear and not the high clogs. Too bad...53 views
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Ladies in waiting.52 views
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