Most viewed - Tokyo Geisha 東京の芸者
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2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)2346 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)2270 viewsDancer's name is Maiko 舞子
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria) by Kagurazaka geisha1745 views
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3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo)1629 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1619 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1567 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1377 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1359 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)1319 views
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The star and main focus of the festival and procession, the oiran or tayu courtesan.1215 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.1138 views
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり1134 views
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Oiran dances.1117 views
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2. Hitozato ひと里1013 views
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4. Sakura Kazashite 桜かざして986 viewsDancer 舞子 (Maiko)
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり984 views
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3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo)983 viewsAfter this dance was a 20-min. intermission.
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3. 梅にも春 Ume nimo Haru895 views
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Elaborate oiran wig weighing about 7 kg or 15 pounds.889 views
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Oiran Dochu procession, Ichiyo Sakura Festuval, Tokyo887 views
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2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)766 views
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The kamuro attendants precede the oiran.731 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき730 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728 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)727 views
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Part 1 - Edo Scenes (江戸風情): 1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria) 藤むらさき721 viewsDancers: 小奴、千佳、由良子、舞子
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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718 views
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Oiran Dochu procession, Tokyo702 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)697 views
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり695 views
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The procession is headed by tekomai geisha who sing.649 views
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7. Sawagi さわぎ639 views
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At the starting point of the procession, the oiran gets ready to wear her high and heavy wooden clogs.609 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)600 views
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3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo)577 views
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3. 梅にも春 Ume ni mo Haru577 viewsDancers: 千丸、史織
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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.577 views
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花魁道中571 views
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7. Sawagi さわぎ563 views
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Edo Scenes: 2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)560 viewsSolo dancer: 眞由美 (Mayumi)
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Four ladies in waiting called shinzo, follow the oiran. They are future oiran.560 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543 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536 views
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Facing the right in thanks...511 views
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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha505 views
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April 8, 2006 at Ushigome-Tansu Kumin Hall in Kagurazaka, Tokyo479 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 view464 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445 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき442 views
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Stage entertainment held on one end of the street. 街角ステージ439 views
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)429 views
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Baton holder407 views
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4. Sakura Kazashite 桜かざして393 viewsDancers: 舞子、万り (Maiko and Mari)
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)390 views
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5. Otsu-e 大津絵390 views眞由美
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Also see my video at YouTube.381 views
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A large crowd line the narrow street.379 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき374 views
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Asakusa hangyoku (apprentice geisha in Tokyo). 半玉 千福369 views
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Lighting a tobacco pipe. (Real smoke)367 views
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Singers and musicians361 views
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Edo Scenes: 3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo) 江戸の賑わい358 viewsDancers: 竜也、英子、万り
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With okami-san355 views
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Kamuro346 views
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Oiran dances with her kamuro attendants341 views
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Her customer smokes the pipe.338 views
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Great show338 views
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I was shooting like rapid-fire continuous mode.335 views
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5. Otsu-e 大津絵333 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331 views
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Oiran drinks sake.330 views
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The name of her teahouse was Matsubaya which was the last teahouse in the Yoshiwara district.322 views
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Part 2 - 浴曲三味線草: 1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり319 views
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Her attendants keep her steady as she changes her footwear.317 views
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり316 views
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At the end of the oiran show, they posed for photographers.316 views
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Spectacular kimono315 views
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Ichiyo sakura cherry blossom trees line the street where the Oiran Dochu procession will proceed. 一葉桜314 views
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3. 梅にも春 Ume nimo Haru311 viewsOffering a drink of sake.
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The Oiran Dochu procession proceeds slowly along the Ichiyo cherry-lined street.306 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき304 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304 views
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おいらんショー301 views
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I can only wonder how much this kimono costs.301 views
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The gold folding screen, koto music, and dance made it a real visual treat.299 views
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Tossing free hand towels to the audience, a real crowd pleaser...298 viewsThey do this every year. Most people sitting in the front can catch one.
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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294 views
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Oiran Dochu procession, Tokyo292 views
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2. Hitozato ひと里291 views
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The oiran in clear view near the stage.285 views
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Bravo!285 views
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Oiran have their obi sash tied in the front instead of the back like geisha in Kyoto.282 views
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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha280 views
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Her obi sash is also very ornate.276 views
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She put her clogs again and completed her return trip.275 views
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(Applause)270 views
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Very colorful under the sun.266 views
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Before crossing the busy intersection, oiran takes off her clogs to wear normal slippers.266 views
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My YouTube video of the oiran show in 2010.264 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき260 views
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7. Sawagi さわぎ260 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき259 views
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After the oiran show, the Oiran Dochu procession is held again for the return trip from 3 pm.254 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.250 views
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Tekomai geisha from Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine walk toward the stage.249 views
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7. Sawagi さわぎ248 viewsThe finale where all the geisha appear on stage.
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The procession nears the main stage where the procession ends.248 views
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Clogs246 views
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Oiran243 views
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Kamuro attendants and oiran courtesan at the Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri Oiran Dochu Procession in Asakusa, Tokyo.239 views
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They pose in front of the stage and bowed before going backstage.238 views
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Oiran235 views
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Be sure to see my video at YouTube.234 views
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Arigato233 views
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Asakusa hangyoku (apprentice geisha in Tokyo) named Ichigo posing in April 2001. 半玉217 views
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The person in black is the kurogo attendant.216 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.213 views
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Waving these white streamers created a dazzling visual effect. It must have been either the wind or river.205 views
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The procession passes by Ichiyo sakura trees.194 views
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22nd Asakusa Odori, April 2001. Also see the official Asakusa geisha Web site here.192 views
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Tekomai geisha posing for photos.175 views
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Tomioka Hachiman Tekomai geisha perform at Kiba Park.166 views
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Back of oiran.155 views
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Oiran stopped and posed for me. How nice of her...155 views
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The day's entertainment was capped by taiko drummers.154 views
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She posed for me too.153 views
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22nd Asakusa Odori, April 2001.145 views
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Their right shoulder is "exposed" to show a peony flower design. Also see the video at YouTube.144 views
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Asakusa hangyoku (apprentice geisha in Tokyo). 半玉 こず江138 views
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Lots of eye candy in this show.133 views
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A beautiful day for an oiran matsuri.128 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.120 views
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They perform in mid-Oct. on the same day and place as Kiba Kakunori log rolling.109 views
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They only chant, no dancing.96 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94 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.94 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88 views
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Kamuro. They might be high school age.88 views
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I took the intermission time to photograph an Asakusa geisha.87 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.87 views
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The first oiran group arrives in front of the stage.82 views
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Then leans sideways mimicking the slope of Mt. Fuji.82 views
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There were only four dancers, but they went through several costume changes onstage.80 views
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Kamuro attendants.80 views
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Tekomai geisha80 views
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Kamuro and oiran79 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.78 views
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Fourth part of the Finale. 笠森おせん77 views
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The second oiran then appeared on stage.77 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...77 views
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She gives an approving (seductive?) glance at him.76 views
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They pose for pictures.74 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.73 views
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The tekomai geisha first appeared and posed for photos.73 views
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The show was almost the same as before. She leans back like this.72 views
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Leaning right, then...72 views
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Oiran show begins. Also see my video of this performance at YouTube.71 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.70 views
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She receives a smoking pipe from her kamuro.70 views
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Then they got up and left the stage.70 views
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Oiran and her court pose for pictures.69 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.68 views
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She lights the pipe.68 views
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My video of Fukagawa Tekomai performing at Kiba Park in Oct.68 views
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During the finale, the tekomai and Kiba Kiyari singers sing together.67 views
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A more mature woman appears for this part set in autumn.67 views
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End of the first oiran show.67 views
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She gives the pipe to her customer.67 views
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Leaning left.66 views
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