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showing off in Gion

The neck of the kimono is lowered at the back to show the "erotic" side of the geisha. The unpainted shape at the hairline base is for intrigue, just enough that you know there is more underneath the make-up...


Young girls dress more ornately than older women... including a longer obi. In the case of an apprentice geisha, a darari-obi (dangling obi) knotted almost as high as the shoulder blades, and with ends hanging nearly to the ground. It isn't the length of the obi that makes it hard to wear; it's the weight, for it's nearly always made of heavy silk brocade. ::: Arthur Golden, "Memoirs of a Geisha" :::


>> Again, big thanks to lil for the phrase to ask.

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Taken on November 13, 2005