dinsdag 4 oktober 2011

Appendix to Oiran-Dying flowers

A little appendix to the uploaded story:

While browsing the internet for (I believe it started there) calligraphy techniques I came across a woodblock print of an Oiran. I googled it to find out what it was, being aware it meant something like "Prostitute"..
And as a matter of fact it is..sort of. Oiran are courtesans:

originally meant "to be or reside at court", and later came to mean "to behave as a courtier" and then "to pay amorous attention to somebody".

Which generally means that they were higher educated, or rather that they possesed more skills to entertain than the average prostitute. There were several grades of Oiran, of which the highest was Taýu. Taÿu were skilled dancers and entertainers who also provided "Other services" for money when they were officially summoned to do so.

Of course since it's got to do with Japan I got sucked into it way too much and got inspired by a movie on youtube about the OIRAN-DOCHU. Which is a slow procession or parade of Taÿu with their students and servants, as they did when they were summoned.
Because of this I wrote the little story below :)

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