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E R I A S H I : Ofuku Hairstyle

Yasunari Kawabata, the first Japanese to win the nobel prize (1968) once wrote "If for no other reason than to preserve traditional hairstyles, the geisha's existance is vital. I wonder how and when these hairstyles developed."

 

"Japanese men, as a rule, feel about a woman's neck and throat about the same way as men in the west feel about a woman's legs. This is why geisha wear the collars of their kimono so low in the back...I suppose that its like a woman in Paris wearing a short skirt." Sayuri, in 'Memoirs of a Geisha' by Aurthur Golden.

 

An old image from last year's Plum Blossom Festival.

 

For more images and info on Baikasai, or the Plum Blossom Festival:

mboogiedown-japan.blogspot.com/search/label/baikasai

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Taken on February 25, 2007