Tag - Edo

「準備」Preparation

Welcome to my new Blog section called "Nakasendo Diary". As some of you know already, I decided that it's about time to do what has been in my head for a few years now: Walk from Tokyo to Kyoto on foot ようこそ、新しいブログのセクションへ♡ 「中山道ダイアリー」で 東京から京都まで歩くことについて書きたいと思います。 ん?そうです。江戸時代みたいにタイムスリップして、うちの主人と中山道を一発に歩きたいで〜す。 最初に東海道歩こうと思ってたけど、やはり普通の大きな通りは多いみたい。日本をもっと深く味わいたいので、中山道でしたら自然や昔ながらの街もまだ残ってるので中山道に決めた。 Sounds totally crazy? It is, but this motivation comes from Japans history - as during Edo time it was the only way to travel and move produce around the country - on foot! A few "highways" were introduced. The famous Toukaido...

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Oiran Parade in Tokyo 2016 / 花魁道中

Last weekend I headed to Asakusa to see the Oiran Parade (花魁道中 oiran douchuu) which I was waiting for so long after missing the last one. An Oiran (花魁) was a courtesan (aka. prostitute) back in the days. Especially the highest ranked Oiran, called Tayuu (太夫) were not only offering physical love but actually were talented entertainers and artists. Tayuu were something like Superstars in old time. Their beauty and status was admired by many. Tayuu could choose their clients and...

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