" The Oiran type of high-class prostitutes lived in the brothels and entertainment districts ("Pleasure Quarters") of big cities like Yoshiwara in Edo (now Tokyo), Shimabara in Kyoto, the Shimmachi in Osaka and Maruyama in Nagasaki. To entertain their clients, oiran practiced the arts of dance, music, poetry and calligraphy, and an educated wit was considered essential to sophisticated conversation." S)

" The Oiran type of high-class prostitutes lived in the brothels and entertainment districts ("Pleasure Quarters") of big cities like Yoshiwara in Edo (now Tokyo), Shimabara in Kyoto, the Shimmachi in Osaka and Maruyama in Nagasaki. To entertain their clients, oiran practiced the arts of dance, music, poetry and calligraphy, and an educated wit was considered essential to sophisticated conversation." S)

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan

Gion Matsuri 2013. Japan

Gion Matsuri 2013. Japan

Crimson carpet - Autumn leaves in Bishamondo Temple, Kyoto, Japan

Crimson carpet - Autumn leaves in Bishamondo Temple, Kyoto, Japan

Oiran-dochu Festival, Japan おいらん道中

Oiran-dochu Festival, Japan おいらん道中

Kumano Nachi Taisha is a Shinto shrine and part of the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range of Japan. For over 1000 years people from all levels of society, including emperors and aristocrats, have made the arduous pilgrimage to Kumano. These pilgrims used a network of routes, now called the Kumano Kodo. The walk itself was an integral part of the pilgrimage process as they undertook rigorous religious rites of worship and…

Kumano Nachi Taisha is a Shinto shrine and part of the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range of Japan. For over 1000 years people from all levels of society, including emperors and aristocrats, have made the arduous pilgrimage to Kumano. These pilgrims used a network of routes, now called the Kumano Kodo. The walk itself was an integral part of the pilgrimage process as they undertook rigorous religious rites of worship and…

Shibuya Niku Yokocho (渋谷肉横丁)

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Early summer in Daitoku-ji temple, Koto-in Zen Temple, Kyoto, Japan

Early summer in Daitoku-ji temple, Koto-in Zen Temple, Kyoto, Japan

Torii under the snow in Nagano-ken, Japan

Torii under the snow in Nagano-ken, Japan

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