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OIRAN DOCHU AT OKU-ASAKUSA
|Oiran Dochu (Reenacted parade of oiran courtesans in Edo Era) at Oku-Asakusa Komatsubashi Dori Street Yoshiwara area of Taito-ku
April 13 (Sat) in 2019 at 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. If bad weather, the event will be put off to April 14 the same time
Yoshiwara (now part of the Senzoku, Taito-ku) was from the early years of the Edo period (1600-1868) until 1958 (prostition banned in Japan), the location of the most famous government licensed quarter of prostitutions in Japan.
It was not a simple collection of brothels, rather a highly sophisticated level of entertainment was offered here. New genres of music, art and literature developed around this place played a great role in the cultural history of Edo period.
Oiran, a high-class courtesans were expected to have a high level of culture to associate with customers of high ranking personnels in the society and wealthy merchants of Edo.
See also: Yoshiwara
Access: Subway Asakusa Station (10 minutes walk from behind the Sensoji Temple) or Subway Hibiya Line Iriya Station 15 minutes walk