Festival for geisha hairstyles

The classic-looking hairstyle you see on geisha in Kyoto, etc., is usually called Shimada-ryu. Why is it called “Shimada-ryu?” One leading theory says that it originated in Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture. Based on this assumption, they hold the annual Shimada Mage (topknot) Matsuri in mid-September in Shimada. A group of local beauticians don their real hair (or sometimes a wig) in

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Lake Hamana Pacific Flora 2004

This flower expo is being held until Oct. 11, 2004 along the shore of Lake Hamana near Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture. The official name in English is “Shizuoka International Garden and Horticulture Exhibition.” To confuse us further, they also say “Pacific Flora 2004.” In Japanese, it’s “Hamana-ko Hana-haku” (Lake Hamana Flower Expo) which is much simpler. If you like flowers

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