Member of the Oiran Dochu parade
Saturday, Apr 13 | 10:00 AM4:00 PM
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Oiran (花魁) is a word used to refer to the high-class prostitutes that worked in the Yoshiwara red-light district (Yoshiwara-Yukaku) during the Edo period. The Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri started in 2003 to preserve this piece of Edo history. It takes place along a 500m or so stretch of road with members in full Edo period dress slowly making their way to the small main stage for a series of short performances, before parading back down the road again. The fact that they move at a snail’s pace and stop in front of the crowd to pose for photographs makes it a highly entertaining event and a unique chance to see the old Edo costumes.

The main procession
Just as interesting from behind…
Theatrical performances follow main procession of the geisha
Event Details

The procession starts west of the main stage around 13:00 and returns after performances on the main stage around 14:45. It’s a popular event so if you want a spot at the front probably best to get there around midday. In case of rain, the event may be postponed to the following day.


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Date:
Saturday, Apr 13
Time:
10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Event Category:
Website:
http://www.city.taito.lg.jp/index/event/kanko/itiyouzakuramatsuri.html

Venue

Ichiyo Sakura Komatsu Dori
一葉桜小松橋通り, 4-40-7 Asakusa
Taito, Tokyo 111-0032 Japan
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