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More Yoshiwara Oiran Parade

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on April 17, 2014

More photos from the Oiran parade in Tokyo’s Asakusa district last weekend. I have been going for a few years now and this year the crowd was the biggest yet. Maybe word is getting out? There is a far bigger parade with several orian in Kitashinagawa every year that has far fewer people. I guess Asakusa is just better branded than Kitashinagawa (although Kitashinagawa also lays claim to some great Godzilla fame!). The day was sunny and the crowds wild. At the end of the parade I got a chance to sneak up in front and get some group photos of the main participants just before they turned around and went to their temporary headquarters in a nearby school. I love the face one of the young assistants to the oiran is making in one of the photos, she must have had an itchy nose!

The orian have a very special way of walking, as in every third step they take they sweep their feet very low in a wide arc, difficult to catch in photos but it looks quite spectacular and is unique as far as I know. You can tell from their three-pronged (remember that normal Japanese shoes have two prongs while monks and tengu have one!) shoes and the way they are scratched bare how low they go in that special step.













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  1. Dina Farmer said, on April 17, 2014 at 5:07 am

    I love the smile on her face in one of the shots! Amazing job!


  2. Lilichan06 said, on April 17, 2014 at 6:21 am

    You captured great facial expressions 🙂


  3. pk1154 said, on April 17, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Wow, those reds and purples are so…saturated.

    (I think that attendant was trying to flirt with the handsome umbrella guy.)


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

      Hahaha… I think she is much much much too young for flirting! (^-^) Yes, Nikon image censors have a weak spot in the red spectra. (^-^;)


  4. lovelycomplex22 said, on April 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Amazing shots!


  5. Linda said, on April 17, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Lovely series of photos. Greetings from Montreal, Canada.


  6. Timi said, on April 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Ah I love it, that expression of the red kimono lady haha, love it! They all look so beautiful, amazing shots!


  7. Adrian Quilatan said, on April 19, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Wow… Just found this blog… Great photos!
    I wonder where you’re getting the information schedules of the cultural events in Tokyo… I currently live in Chiba and I would really want to witness those sorts of things too (cultural parades, temple shows, etc…)


    • tokyobling said, on April 21, 2014 at 12:44 am

      Hi! Thank you for your kind comment. I use all kinds of blogs, also twitter, friends, posters etc. It is really tough finding stuff, there are no good collections where they post all events and I usually miss about 99% of all things that happen during the year in Tokyo. It is heartbreaking to miss so much good stuff but what can you do? (^-^;)


      • Adrian Quilatan said, on April 24, 2014 at 12:36 am

        Yeah, I agree. Can’t easily find ’em all in one place! Another bad thing for me, I can only read kana while sites are all in Kanji, of course. LOL!

        Would you mind if I ask you what lens you’re using with your photos?


        • tokyobling said, on April 24, 2014 at 1:28 am

          Hurry up and learn to read Kanji! At least the ones you need for place names. (^-^) I use several different lenses, but the trio I use the most this year is a 135mm f2.0, a 85mm f1.8 and a 17-35mm f2.8. All of them Nikkor. I don’t like zoom lenses but for wide angle shots it is hard to find good primes (I LOVE the 20mm f2.0 but I have wrecked mine and haven’t found a replacement of this fantastic but out of production lens). I sometimes use the 50-500mm Bigma, and a 50mm f1.4 Nikon, but the Bigma is too huge (and has relatively bad contrast) and again, I have wrecked my 50mm lens. When you shoot everyday like I do even quality lenses wear out over time! (^-^)


  8. DoF@theinfill said, on April 20, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Oh my! 🙂


  9. Ajith said, on April 20, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I am not sure putting the colour and B&W next to each other is keeping the interest going .. my preference will be, may be make a separate entry .. just my thought 🙂


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