JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Tokyo Geisha 東京の芸者
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2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)2371 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)2302 viewsDancer's name is Maiko 舞子
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria) by Kagurazaka geisha1773 views
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3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo)1649 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1638 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1584 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1398 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1377 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1337 views
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The star and main focus of the festival and procession, the oiran or tayu courtesan.1229 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.1157 views
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり1153 views
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Oiran dances.1130 views
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2. Hitozato ひと里1032 views
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4. Sakura Kazashite 桜かざして1004 viewsDancer 舞子 (Maiko)
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり1003 views
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3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo)1001 viewsAfter this dance was a 20-min. intermission.
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3. 梅にも春 Ume nimo Haru916 views
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Oiran Dochu procession, Ichiyo Sakura Festuval, Tokyo908 views
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Elaborate oiran wig weighing about 7 kg or 15 pounds.902 views
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2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)773 views
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The kamuro attendants precede the oiran.751 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき748 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740 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)736 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736 views
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Part 1 - Edo Scenes (江戸風情): 1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria) 藤むらさき727 viewsDancers: 小奴、千佳、由良子、舞子
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Oiran Dochu procession, Tokyo717 views
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり712 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)707 views
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The procession is headed by tekomai geisha who sing.659 views
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7. Sawagi さわぎ645 views
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At the starting point of the procession, the oiran gets ready to wear her high and heavy wooden clogs.618 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)608 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.589 views
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花魁道中585 views
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3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo)583 views
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3. 梅にも春 Ume ni mo Haru583 viewsDancers: 千丸、史織
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Four ladies in waiting called shinzo, follow the oiran. They are future oiran.572 views
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7. Sawagi さわぎ569 views
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Edo Scenes: 2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)566 viewsSolo dancer: 眞由美 (Mayumi)
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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555 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549 views
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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha524 views
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Facing the right in thanks...516 views
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April 8, 2006 at Ushigome-Tansu Kumin Hall in Kagurazaka, Tokyo484 viewsStarting at 4 pm, this was the third and last show of the day and all 400 seats were sold out.

The performance had two parts separated by a 20-min. intermission. Each part had several different dances.
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Back view474 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458 views
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Stage entertainment held on one end of the street. 街角ステージ451 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき450 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)435 views
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Baton holder419 views
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4. Sakura Kazashite 桜かざして401 viewsDancers: 舞子、万り (Maiko and Mari)
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)398 views
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5. Otsu-e 大津絵395 views眞由美
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Asakusa hangyoku (apprentice geisha in Tokyo). 半玉 千福391 views
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A large crowd line the narrow street.390 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.390 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき379 views
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Lighting a tobacco pipe. (Real smoke)378 views
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Singers and musicians367 views
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Edo Scenes: 3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo) 江戸の賑わい365 viewsDancers: 竜也、英子、万り
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With okami-san363 views
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Kamuro356 views
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Oiran dances with her kamuro attendants352 views
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Her customer smokes the pipe.349 views
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Great show347 views
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I was shooting like rapid-fire continuous mode.345 views
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Oiran drinks sake.340 views
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5. Otsu-e 大津絵339 views眞由美 (Mayumi)
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Asakusa Kokaido Hall in Asakusa, Tokyo, venue of the 23rd Asakusa Odori geisha dance held on Oct. 28-29, 2008. It has been seven years since the last time the Asakusa Odori was held in April 2001. 浅草公会度337 views
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The name of her teahouse was Matsubaya which was the last teahouse in the Yoshiwara district.331 views
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Spectacular kimono328 views
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Her attendants keep her steady as she changes her footwear.327 views
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Ichiyo sakura cherry blossom trees line the street where the Oiran Dochu procession will proceed. 一葉桜326 views
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At the end of the oiran show, they posed for photographers.326 views
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Part 2 - 浴曲三味線草: 1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり324 views
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり321 views
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The Oiran Dochu procession proceeds slowly along the Ichiyo cherry-lined street.318 views
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3. 梅にも春 Ume nimo Haru317 viewsOffering a drink of sake.
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The festival lasts all day long, from morning until late afternoon. Incudes a flea market. 小松橋通り317 views
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おいらんショー313 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき312 views
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I can only wonder how much this kimono costs.311 views
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Oiran Dochu procession, Tokyo311 views
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The gold folding screen, koto music, and dance made it a real visual treat.309 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305 views
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Tossing free hand towels to the audience, a real crowd pleaser...304 viewsThey do this every year. Most people sitting in the front can catch one.
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The oiran in clear view near the stage.297 views
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2. Hitozato ひと里296 views
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Bravo!296 views
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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha295 views
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Oiran have their obi sash tied in the front instead of the back like geisha in Kyoto.291 views
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Her obi sash is also very ornate.286 views
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She put her clogs again and completed her return trip.285 views
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(Applause)277 views
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Very colorful under the sun.277 views
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My YouTube video of the oiran show in 2010.277 views
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Before crossing the busy intersection, oiran takes off her clogs to wear normal slippers.276 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき268 views
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Tekomai geisha from Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine walk toward the stage.268 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき266 views
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7. Sawagi さわぎ266 views
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After the oiran show, the Oiran Dochu procession is held again for the return trip from 3 pm.264 views
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Kamuro attendants and oiran courtesan at the Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri Oiran Dochu Procession in Asakusa, Tokyo.262 views
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The procession nears the main stage where the procession ends.260 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.260 views
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Clogs257 views
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Oiran257 views
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7. Sawagi さわぎ254 viewsThe finale where all the geisha appear on stage.
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Oiran252 views
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They pose in front of the stage and bowed before going backstage.248 views
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Be sure to see my video at YouTube.244 views
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Arigato240 views
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The person in black is the kurogo attendant.234 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.230 views
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Asakusa hangyoku (apprentice geisha in Tokyo) named Ichigo posing in April 2001. 半玉224 views
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Waving these white streamers created a dazzling visual effect. It must have been either the wind or river.223 views
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The procession passes by Ichiyo sakura trees.206 views
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22nd Asakusa Odori, April 2001. Also see the official Asakusa geisha Web site here.198 views
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Tekomai geisha posing for photos.193 views
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Tomioka Hachiman Tekomai geisha perform at Kiba Park.180 views
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She posed for me too.170 views
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Back of oiran.170 views
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Oiran stopped and posed for me. How nice of her...170 views
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The day's entertainment was capped by taiko drummers.165 views
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Their right shoulder is "exposed" to show a peony flower design. Also see the video at YouTube.152 views
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22nd Asakusa Odori, April 2001.151 views
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Lots of eye candy in this show.151 views
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Asakusa hangyoku (apprentice geisha in Tokyo). 半玉 こず江146 views
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A beautiful day for an oiran matsuri.142 views
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I also saw the 22nd Asakusa Odori held in April 2001 at the Asakusa Kokaido. The lobby had two hangoyku greeting the audience.126 views
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They perform in mid-Oct. on the same day and place as Kiba Kakunori log rolling.115 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.105 views
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They only chant, no dancing.104 views
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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101 views
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Kamuro. They might be high school age.100 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.97 views
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The second number was called Matsuri (Festival). It featured these three young village girls and two geisha dancers. 藤間流 まつり95 views
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The first oiran group arrives in front of the stage.94 views
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I took the intermission time to photograph an Asakusa geisha.93 views
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Then leans sideways mimicking the slope of Mt. Fuji.92 views
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Tekomai geisha91 views
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Kamuro attendants.90 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...88 views
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Kamuro and oiran88 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.87 views
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There were only four dancers, but they went through several costume changes onstage.86 views
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The second oiran then appeared on stage.86 views
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Leaning right, then...85 views
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She gives an approving (seductive?) glance at him.85 views
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The show was almost the same as before. She leans back like this.84 views
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They pose for pictures.84 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.83 views
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The tekomai geisha first appeared and posed for photos.83 views
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Oiran show begins. Also see my video of this performance at YouTube.83 views
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Fourth part of the Finale. 笠森おせん82 views
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She receives a smoking pipe from her kamuro.82 views
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She lights the pipe.80 views
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Then they got up and left the stage.80 views
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Oiran and her court pose for pictures.79 views
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They carry a red paper lantern imprinted with their names and use their right hand to drag along a metal wand.78 views
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End of the first oiran show.78 views
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Leaning left.78 views
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She gives the pipe to her customer.76 views
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He smokes it. Also see my video of this performance at YouTube.76 views
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