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Shimada hairstyle3478 viewsStandard hairstyle for geisha. This a wig.
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Rear view2636 views
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"Blue Ocean Waves" (青海波)2371 viewsThey performed four numbers. This first one was called "Blue Ocean Waves" performed by five geisha.
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Kagurazaka geisha dance2199 views
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Praying at Bishamon2133 views
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Kagurazaka geisha dance2058 views
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1984 viewsHer big round eyes makes her look like a real doll.
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"Hana no Kai" Dance by Kagurazaka geisha1425 viewsThe "Hana no Kai" geisha dance is held annually by geisha in Kagurazaka, one of Tokyo's major geisha districts. "Hana" means livley or gaudy. And "Kai" can mean gathering or party.

They held two shows on the same day. This was the second show starting at 3 pm on April 16, 2005. It lasted till about 4:45 pm.
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Eight Views of Tatsumi (巽八景)1352 viewsThe second number was about the Tatsumi and Monzen-nakacho (Fukagawa) district in Koto Ward, Tokyo. The dance reflects the chic and bravado of the area (in the old days) which was one of Tokyo's gay quarters with geisha as well.
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1247 viewsNotice that the kimono design shows waves.
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1232 viewsAfter the dance, this geisha posed with us for a picture.
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Geisha catching a taxi home1204 viewsPhoto by Kevin Mihaly.
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悋気しゃんすな1198 viewsSolo number performed by Maiko (her name). 舞子
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Music and singing accompaniment1120 viewsAll numbers was accompanied by live music and singing.
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Finale1111 views
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1099 viewsUnlike geisha dances in Kyoto which have elaborate backgrounds, the background here is quite plain, making us focus on the geisha which were enough eye candy. The background really didn't matter. The dances were very aesthetic and pleasing to the eyes and ears.
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Chestnut Rice Cakes (栗餅)1057 viewsThe third number was called "Chestnut Mochi." Mochi is rice cake. They pound sticky rice to make it. Performed by two geisha. The one in blue is a male role.
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Hand clapping1039 viewsThis is called sanbon-jime, a series of hand clapping to mark the end of a successful meeting.
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Lively Colors of Kagurazaka(神楽坂華の彩)834 viewsThe final number, called Lively Colors of Kagurazaka (Kagurazaka Hana no Irodori) actually consisted of seven dances. This was the first one performed by three geisha. (ひと里)
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Intermission801 viewsThis Ushigome-Tansu Kumin Hall can hold almost 400 people. Both shows were sold out. Tickets are sold about a month in advance. They sold out within 2 weeks. I was sitting in the middle of the hall (non-reserved seating). Tickets cost only 2,000 yen.
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Closing curtain734 views
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A bow of thanks660 views
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Hall entrance and sign653 views
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The Word Called Love (恋と云う字)647 views
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Praying at Bishamon562 viewsBishamon is a Buddhist temple in Kagurazaka where the geisha go to worship. The song included a reference to this temple.
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Finale534 views
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Closing words519 viewsThe women standing in the back are the okami-san (proprietress) of high-class Japanese-style restaurants in Kagurazaka where the geisha are hired to perform at private geisha parties.
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Towel throwing517 viewsDuring the finale, the geisha started throwing hand towels to the audience.
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Finale513 viewsEveryone performed in the finale.
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Towel throwing467 viewsThere were women in the middle the hall also throwing towels to people sitting further back.
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As the climax of the 37th Kagurazaka Matsuri Festival, the Kagurazaka Awa Odori Dance was held on July 25-26, 2008, from 7 pm to 9 pm. These photos were taken on July 25, 2008. Crowd at Bishamonten.413 views
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The Awa Odori is held on Kagurazaka's main street called Kagurazaka-dori, a sloping road near Iidabashi Station. 神楽坂阿波踊り334 views
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Shinjuku Gyoen is near Shinjuku Gyoen-mae Station on the Marunouchi Line. This is Shinjuku Gate, one of the three gates to the park. Admission 200 yen.278 views
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Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri, Tokyo272 views
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Many women drummers also perform. Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri, Tokyo230 views
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Infectious Okinawan beat. Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri, Tokyo219 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.192 views
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Kagurazaka Awa Odori Dance 神楽坂阿波踊り163 views
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden156 views
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Kagurazaka Awa Odori Dance 神楽坂阿波踊り149 views
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Kagurazaka Awa Odori Dance149 views
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Kagurazaka Awa Odori dancers146 views
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Cherry blossoms along the pond, Shinjuku Gyoen.145 views
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Several groups perform along the main road on the east side of JR Shinjuku Station. This is in front of Isetan Dept. Store.144 views
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Kaguazaka Awa Odori dancers in front of Bishamonten temple. 毘沙門天138 views
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden134 views
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The cherry blossoms lining Sotobori Moat also look stunning from the road, Sotobori-dori in front of Kagurazaka.130 views
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Multi-colored cherry blossoms, Shinjuku Gyoen.130 views
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Shinjuku Gyoen Sendagaya Gate127 views
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Without alcohol, it's less noisy. But if you like to drink, go to Yoyogi Park instead.109 views
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Map of Shinjuku Gyoen. It's huge with a variety of Japanese and Western gardens, not to mention thousands of trees.102 views
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Canal Cafe100 views
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Eighteen awa odori dance troupes danced this night.100 views
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Sotobori Park on the other side of the moat. 外濠公園91 views
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Very popular festival and well-worth seeing.89 views
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A large crowd watches as the crowd-pleasing drummers bring a bit of Okinawa to central Tokyo.85 views
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These pictures were taken soon after the garden gates opened at 9 am in early April 2010 when it was overcast.84 views
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From morning, people spread their picnic mats to claim their spot under or near the best cherry trees.80 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.79 views
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Shinjuku Gyoen has about 1,500 cherry trees.77 views
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Mt. Fuji and Mt. Asama(富士や浅間). Solo dance by a geisha named Mari(万り).77 views
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Kagurazaka Matsuri poster75 views
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Hanami picnickers have to be well-behaved since alcoholic beverages are not allowed inside Shinjuku Gyoen. No bicycles, no badminton or games, no musical instruments or karaoke either.75 views
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Godzilla's roaring time. On a rooftop in Kabukicho, Shinjuku.75 views
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These dancers head to the starting point.70 views
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Originally, it was not open-air.70 views
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Smoking dragon dance69 views
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Canal Cafe is right below the cherries. But notice empty tables despite the long line.69 views
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Kagura-ren かぐら連69 views
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Garden management office.69 views
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What the new greenhouse will look like.69 views
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Tamamo Pond69 views
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Everyone commented on how a single tree could have three different colored flowers.69 views
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How it looks in May with azalea.69 views
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Another distinguished building is this Chinese-style Taiwan Pavilion (Goryo-tei) built by Japanese in Taiwan in 1927.69 views
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Traditional Japanese Garden at Kami-no-ike Pond. (Upper Pond)69 views
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Hand drum68 views
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The local Kagurazaka Awa Odori troupe is Kagura-ren. かぐら連68 views
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Kagura-ren かぐら連68 views
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French Formal Garden68 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.67 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.67 views
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About the Taiwan Pavilion.67 views
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Shinjuku Gyoen had its beginnings as the estate of the Naito clan, a retainer of the Tokugawa shogun.66 views
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This is the tree which caught everyone's eye. It actually has flowers in three colors. All on one tree.66 views
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Unusual to see a woman drumming a big taiko drum.65 views
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Flute players65 views
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Damudan-ren has an easily-recognizable kimono design pattern. だむだん連65 views
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The greenhouse was closed due to reconstruction.65 views
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Inside the Taiwan Pavilion, Shinjuku Gyoen Goryo-tei. Today it's an open-air lookout deck.65 views
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How it looks from the end of the moat.64 views
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Photographers who love trains and cherries flock here.64 views
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French Formal Garden is not yet colorful in early April.64 views
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Naka-no-ike Pond (Middle Pond)64 views
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You can enter the Taiwan Pavilion for free. Enter from the back.64 views
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Bridge over the Kami-no-ike Pond. (Upper Pond)64 views
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Chuo Line passes through. 中央線63 views
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Part of the English Landscape Garden which is mainly a grassy lawn.63 views
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Great panoramic view from the Taiwan Pavilion.63 views
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Pine tree in the pond in front of the Taiwan Pavilion.63 views
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Large camellia bush next to a cherry tree.63 views
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Dancing in front of JR Shinjuku Station, East side62 views
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The starting point was here, at the foot of the sloping Kagurazaka-dori near Iidabashi Station.62 views
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About the former Imperial Rest House in Japanese.62 views
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Former Imperial Rest House (Kyu-gokyusho), an Important Cultural Property. This Western-style building was where Imperial family members rested while visiting the garden.62 views
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A cluster of weeping cherry trees.62 views
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So many cherry blossoms. It can take hours to see them all.62 views
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Kagura-ren かぐら連61 views
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Sakura roof61 views
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I spent 3 hours walking around this garden. Would've taken longer if the sky was blue.61 views
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Empty rowboats too.60 views
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Sobu Line passes through.60 views
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Next to the English Garden is this French Formal Garden.60 views
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Here and there is a plaque like this in front of a large tree asking you what kind of tree it is. The answer is under the top flap.60 views
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Sobu Line passes through.59 views
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Large ginkgo tree at Shinjuku Goyen Garden, Tokyo.59 views
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People in a long line waiting to enter Canal Cafe to either dine or rent a rowboat.58 views
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How it looks from the end of the moat.58 views
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Hyottoko-ren58 views
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Cherry tree at Tamamo Pond.58 views
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A flower named after the International Herald Tribune.58 views
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Cherry blossom that blooms in Oct.58 views
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Cherry trees along the Sotobori Moat. Formerly a moat of Edo Castle, this canal stretching from Iidabashi Station to Ichigaya Station along the Chuo Line.57 views
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The Kagura-ren dancers proceed up the sloping Kagurazaka-dori.57 views
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French Formal Garden57 views
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The moat is parallel to the Chuo Line. View from Shin-Mitsuke Bridge. 新見附橋56 views
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I always see this guy at Awa Odori in Tokyo.56 views
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Crowd interaction.56 views
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Would you believe a Daikon-ren? Yes, eating it is good for your body. だいこん連56 views
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Amazing tree sprouting another trunk after being cut down.56 views
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Shinjuku Gyoen Sendagaya Gate in autumn55 views
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Cherry blossom that blooms in Oct.55 views
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Rowboats and low-hanging cherries.54 views
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