Most viewed - Tokyo Geisha 東京の芸者
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2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)2352 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)2279 viewsDancer's name is Maiko 舞子
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria) by Kagurazaka geisha1753 views
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3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo)1634 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1623 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1571 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1382 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1363 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1323 views
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The star and main focus of the festival and procession, the oiran or tayu courtesan.1219 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.1145 views
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり1139 views
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Oiran dances.1120 views
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2. Hitozato ひと里1018 views
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4. Sakura Kazashite 桜かざして992 viewsDancer 舞子 (Maiko)
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり988 views
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3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo)986 viewsAfter this dance was a 20-min. intermission.
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3. 梅にも春 Ume nimo Haru900 views
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Oiran Dochu procession, Ichiyo Sakura Festuval, Tokyo895 views
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Elaborate oiran wig weighing about 7 kg or 15 pounds.892 views
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2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)768 views
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The kamuro attendants precede the oiran.737 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき733 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732 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)729 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725 views
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Part 1 - Edo Scenes (江戸風情): 1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria) 藤むらさき722 viewsDancers: 小奴、千佳、由良子、舞子
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Oiran Dochu procession, Tokyo706 views
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり700 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)698 views
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The procession is headed by tekomai geisha who sing.653 views
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7. Sawagi さわぎ640 views
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At the starting point of the procession, the oiran gets ready to wear her high and heavy wooden clogs.612 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)602 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.582 views
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3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo)578 views
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3. 梅にも春 Ume ni mo Haru578 viewsDancers: 千丸、史織
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花魁道中576 views
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7. Sawagi さわぎ564 views
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Four ladies in waiting called shinzo, follow the oiran. They are future oiran.564 views
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Edo Scenes: 2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)562 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546 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541 views
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Facing the right in thanks...512 views
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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha509 views
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April 8, 2006 at Ushigome-Tansu Kumin Hall in Kagurazaka, Tokyo480 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 view467 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448 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき443 views
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Stage entertainment held on one end of the street. 街角ステージ443 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)430 views
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Baton holder412 views
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4. Sakura Kazashite 桜かざして394 viewsDancers: 舞子、万り (Maiko and Mari)
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)391 views
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5. Otsu-e 大津絵391 views眞由美
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Also see my video at YouTube.384 views
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A large crowd line the narrow street.382 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき375 views
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Asakusa hangyoku (apprentice geisha in Tokyo). 半玉 千福375 views
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Lighting a tobacco pipe. (Real smoke)370 views
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Singers and musicians362 views
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Edo Scenes: 3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo) 江戸の賑わい359 viewsDancers: 竜也、英子、万り
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With okami-san356 views
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Kamuro349 views
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Oiran dances with her kamuro attendants345 views
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Her customer smokes the pipe.342 views
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Great show341 views
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I was shooting like rapid-fire continuous mode.338 views
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5. Otsu-e 大津絵334 views眞由美 (Mayumi)
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Oiran drinks sake.333 views
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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332 views
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The name of her teahouse was Matsubaya which was the last teahouse in the Yoshiwara district.325 views
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Part 2 - 浴曲三味線草: 1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり320 views
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At the end of the oiran show, they posed for photographers.320 views
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Her attendants keep her steady as she changes her footwear.320 views
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Spectacular kimono319 views
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Ichiyo sakura cherry blossom trees line the street where the Oiran Dochu procession will proceed. 一葉桜318 views
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり317 views
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3. 梅にも春 Ume nimo Haru312 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309 views
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The Oiran Dochu procession proceeds slowly along the Ichiyo cherry-lined street.309 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき305 views
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おいらんショー305 views
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I can only wonder how much this kimono costs.304 views
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The gold folding screen, koto music, and dance made it a real visual treat.302 views
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Tossing free hand towels to the audience, a real crowd pleaser...299 viewsThey do this every year. Most people sitting in the front can catch one.
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Oiran Dochu procession, Tokyo299 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298 views
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2. Hitozato ひと里292 views
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The oiran in clear view near the stage.288 views
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Bravo!288 views
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Oiran have their obi sash tied in the front instead of the back like geisha in Kyoto.285 views
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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha283 views
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Her obi sash is also very ornate.280 views
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She put her clogs again and completed her return trip.278 views
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Very colorful under the sun.269 views
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Before crossing the busy intersection, oiran takes off her clogs to wear normal slippers.269 views
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My YouTube video of the oiran show in 2010.268 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき261 views
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7. Sawagi さわぎ261 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき260 views
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After the oiran show, the Oiran Dochu procession is held again for the return trip from 3 pm.257 views
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Tekomai geisha from Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine walk toward the stage.253 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.253 views
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The procession nears the main stage where the procession ends.252 views
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Clogs250 views
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7. Sawagi さわぎ249 viewsThe finale where all the geisha appear on stage.
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Oiran247 views
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Kamuro attendants and oiran courtesan at the Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri Oiran Dochu Procession in Asakusa, Tokyo.246 views
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They pose in front of the stage and bowed before going backstage.242 views
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Oiran239 views
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Be sure to see my video at YouTube.237 views
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Arigato234 views
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The person in black is the kurogo attendant.221 views
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Asakusa hangyoku (apprentice geisha in Tokyo) named Ichigo posing in April 2001. 半玉218 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.217 views
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Waving these white streamers created a dazzling visual effect. It must have been either the wind or river.210 views
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The procession passes by Ichiyo sakura trees.197 views
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22nd Asakusa Odori, April 2001. Also see the official Asakusa geisha Web site here.193 views
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Tekomai geisha posing for photos.180 views
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Tomioka Hachiman Tekomai geisha perform at Kiba Park.169 views
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Back of oiran.159 views
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Oiran stopped and posed for me. How nice of her...159 views
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She posed for me too.157 views
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The day's entertainment was capped by taiko drummers.157 views
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Their right shoulder is "exposed" to show a peony flower design. Also see the video at YouTube.146 views
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22nd Asakusa Odori, April 2001.146 views
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Asakusa hangyoku (apprentice geisha in Tokyo). 半玉 こず江139 views
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Lots of eye candy in this show.138 views
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A beautiful day for an oiran matsuri.133 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.121 views
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They perform in mid-Oct. on the same day and place as Kiba Kakunori log rolling.110 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.98 views
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They only chant, no dancing.97 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96 views
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Kamuro. They might be high school age.92 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.90 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89 views
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I took the intermission time to photograph an Asakusa geisha.88 views
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The first oiran group arrives in front of the stage.85 views
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Then leans sideways mimicking the slope of Mt. Fuji.85 views
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Kamuro attendants.83 views
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Tekomai geisha83 views
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Kamuro and oiran82 views
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There were only four dancers, but they went through several costume changes onstage.81 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.81 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...81 views
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The second oiran then appeared on stage.80 views
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She gives an approving (seductive?) glance at him.79 views
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Fourth part of the Finale. 笠森おせん78 views
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They pose for pictures.77 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.76 views
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The tekomai geisha first appeared and posed for photos.76 views
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The show was almost the same as before. She leans back like this.76 views
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Leaning right, then...76 views
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Oiran show begins. Also see my video of this performance at YouTube.75 views
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She receives a smoking pipe from her kamuro.73 views
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Then they got up and left the stage.73 views
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She lights the pipe.72 views
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Oiran and her court pose for pictures.72 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.71 views
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End of the first oiran show.70 views
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Leaning left.70 views
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She gives the pipe to her customer.70 views
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At the end, we clapped in celebration. The show was 2.5 hours long, including a 10-min. and 20-min. intermission.69 views
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He smokes it. Also see my video of this performance at YouTube.69 views
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