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Oiran Parade – Asakusa Yoshiwara

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on April 15, 2014

Saturday saw the annual Oiran revival parade through the streets of northern Asakusa, complete with fox dancers, one oiran and a number of geisha and various retainers and servants. The parade is just a reenactment of customs that were considered quaint and old fashioned even in the mid Edo-period (18th century). The location of the parade is not a coincidence, as it takes place a couple of blocks south of the old walled city within the city, the famous Yoshiwara district of Asakusa which was one of Tokyo’s most talked about pleasure or red light districts. Today absolutely nothing remains of the old Yoshiwara itself though except parts of the old street pattern. People today associate Yoshiwara with the old sex industry but in fact Yoshiwara was also home of comedians, professional story tellers and the 18th century equivalent of avant garde fashion houses.

The weather on this sunny Saturday was fantastic and I took plenty of photos, here are a first bunch, with more to come later on.













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  1. pk1154 said, on April 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I wish that fellow would hold an umbrella over me sometime.

    We had snow overnight, no chance to see the lunar eclipse. (I hope it was enough snow to break the old record for snowfall, we were very close.) Spring postponed, again.


    • tokyobling said, on April 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      I am sure he is paid handsomely for his services! Lunar eclipse? We had one a couple of years ago. At least you have snow which is a bit dramatic. Spring is here in Tokyo!


      • pk1154 said, on April 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

        We did break the record for most snow-fall in a season! 98.4 inches (2.5m). Hurrah?


        • tokyobling said, on April 17, 2014 at 5:31 am

          That is a hurrah! Time to start considering a second floor entrance? (^-^)


          • pk1154 said, on April 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm

            That’s hard to do in a 1-1/2 story house! 😛


          • tokyobling said, on April 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

            I sense a great opportunity for the DIY enthusiast hidden inside Mr. pk1154! (^-^)


  2. Dina Farmer said, on April 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Amazing! Yeah there was a lunar eclipse last night with a blood moon. I was mostly the Pacific and the West Coasts of the US that could see it.

    I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos!


    • tokyobling said, on April 16, 2014 at 1:45 am

      Thank you Dina! More photos coming tomorrow! (^-^) Blood moon… sounds fantastic! Did you get any good shots?


  3. amadl said, on April 16, 2014 at 2:25 am

    BeautifuL, beautifuL photos.
    Who are the peopLe in the second photo? Their ensembLe is quite cute ^^


    • tokyobling said, on April 16, 2014 at 2:26 am

      Thank you Amadl! These would be some of the local Geisha, doing their bit for the community, and at the same time advertising their names (painted onto the hand lanterns they carry).


  4. Jonelle Patrick said, on April 16, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    These are SO MAGNIFICENT! I would say that I wish I’d been there to take pictures too, but they wouldn’t be a zillionth as beautiful as yours. Thanks for capturing this!


  5. Timi said, on April 18, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Like a doll parade, so beautiful, colorful… O_O Thanks for letting us see from other parts of the Earth too :3


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