These oiran wooden reliefs were unbelievable.  There were about 10 in the Meguro Gajoen – a very impressive building which holds wedding receptions.  The patterns, shapes and colour combinations are a DREAM come true.  How do they do it?!  Vivienne Westwood, Dries van Noten and John Galliano come quite close to the magic of style, elegance, colour, drape.  This is why I stay in Japan, the Japanese are just brilliant fashion stylists and designers.  Aaaaaahhh!  I’m always thirsty for more.

A film on oiran is ‘Sakuran’ directed by Mika Minagawa.  Here on youtube in 11 parts, subtitles in English.

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