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A woman dressed as a tayu.

A woman dressed as a tayu.

Oiran (花魁) - Oiran were the highest class of courtesans in Edo (now known as Tokyo). An oiran was valued not only for her beauty and charm, but also her wit, knowledge, and skill in traditional Japanese arts. Their dress often consisted of layers of ornate kimono and extremely elaborate hairstyles, with one distinguishing feature being an obi tied at the front of the body rather than at the back. Though there are no longer any oiran left in Japan because of laws. #makeup #hair #japan…

Oiran (花魁) - Oiran were the highest class of courtesans in Edo (now known as Tokyo).

A woman dressed as an oiran at a kimono photography experience.

A woman dressed as an oiran at a kimono photography experience.

A woman dressed as an oiran at a kimono photography experience.

A woman dressed as an oiran at a kimono photography experience.

Bando Tamasburo, Male Kabuki legend. Photo by Kishin Shinoyama. Despite being founded by a Miko (a female shaman), called Izumo no Ikuni, Kabuki actors are now all men. S)

yan-wo: “ Sea of Shoes: Bando Tamasburo, male kabuki legend, by Kishin Shinoyama ”

A woman dressed as an oiran at a photograph experience.

A woman dressed as an oiran at a photograph experience.

A woman dressed as an oiran at a kimono photography experience.

A woman dressed as an oiran at a kimono photography experience.

A woman dressed as an oiran at a kimono photography experience.

A woman dressed as an oiran at a kimono photography experience.

Oiran kimono and hair decoration - note the Obi is worn in the front instead of the back. Oiran were courtesans/prostitutes of the highest order.

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