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This is "oiran", it is very difficult to explain in English but, who is the top/supper-high class prostitute lady 130~300 yeras ago in Japan. The "oiran" lady should be not only beautiful and sexy but also have sophisticated culture, etiqutte and so on. Their customer were supper rich merchant usually.
Generally a prostitute could not choose the customer, but "oiran" only could refuse the offer, if she would not like that customer. If the business(trade?) came into effect, she went to the customer's place with procession like this. This area(at the back of Asakusa) was famous as "house of all repute" in Edo era(130~300 yeras ago). This ceremony is held at the 2nd satuday in April every year. Just for your reference, participants are usual girls and ladies from this area, they joined this procession as Volunteer. This year's "oiran" lady is certanly beautiful but the makeup seems to be too much.

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