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Tokyo Jidai Matsuri – Ichiyou Higuchi

Posted in People, Places by tokyobling on December 23, 2012

I think most people who visit Japan wonder a little about the people whose portraits adorn the bank notes, at least I do! At the Tokyo Jidai Matsuri (the Festival of the Ages) one of the final groups to enter the parade represent the westernization of Japan, with a postal office worker, a policeman and an actress that represents the first ever professional female writer in Japan, Ichiyou Higuchi (樋口一葉), who despite a short life (1872-1896) managed to impress the public with her poetry and novels. Today she is remembered and honored by having her portrait on the 5000 yen note. I have not read any of her work yet, someday I hope to. There is a film of her most famous novel, made in 1955 that also looks interesting.

At the festival, the actress was very popular and received a lot of enthusiastic encouragement from some unusually outspoken old men near me which made her blush and laugh. Very cute!

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  1. Marie said, on December 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    So cute when she’s laughing and hiding it behind her hand!

    • tokyobling said, on December 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

      I agree…! It was great to see her blushing, and it made the guys even more boisterous! (^-^)


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