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This is an anuual seasonal event of "Oiran Procession"
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"Oiran" were courtesans in Japan. The oiran were considered a type of yūjo,"woman of pleasure" or prostitute. However, they,are distinguished from ordinary yūjo in that they were entertainers, and many became celebrities outside the pleasure districts. Their art and fashions often set trends and, because of this, cultural aspects of oiran traditions continue to be preserved to this day.

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