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The 76th Bunsui Sakura Matsuri Oiran Dochu (Oiran Parade) 2018

The Bunsui Sakura Matsuri Oiran Dōchū is a free event held in Tsubame, Niigata. Dōchū is a shortened form of oiran-dochu, also the name for the walk the top courtesans made around the quarter or the parade they made to escort their guests. This parade features three oiran in full regalia – Shinano, Sakura, and Bunsui – among the cherry blossoms in April with approximately 70 accompanying servants. Each oiran in 15-cm tall geta parades in the distinctive gait, giving the procession an alternate name, the Dream Parade of Echigo (Echigo no yume-dochu). The event is extremely popular across the country, with many people in Japan applying for the three oiran and servant roles.

Last updated: 22 December, 2017

15 April, 2018

12:00 pm/2:00 pm

Jizodo Honcho Dori / Ookozu Bunsui Sakuranamiki

Tsubame-shi, Niigata 959-0181

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