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Born in Stockholm (Sweden), now live in Sapporo (Japan). Hold a Ph.D. in computer science and work with computers during the days, perform magic in a bar during the nights (and weekends, for kids). Also used to teach historical fencing back in Sweden.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Giving up in the Oiran parade

Oiran after taking off the shoes
At the Susukino festival there is always an "Oiran parade", where two women dressed as oiran (to Westerners: "geisha") walk down the street. The have kimono belts that way 20 kg or so, and they have shoes that are 40 cm high or so. They also have to walk in a very difficult way, and they have huge entourages of servants.
Oiran with very heavy belt
Oiran in the rain
This year, it was raining very heavily. In fact, it rained so heavily that the oiran gave up, took off their shoes and walked normally.
Parts of the oiran entourage
Oiran and servants

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