I normally don’t post pictures of myself on Sundry Folly, but today I am going to make an exception. Two months ago, in early October, I went with a good friend to Studio Nanairo in Tokyo’s Asakusa district to have an Oiran cosplay photo experience. Oiran were courtesans from Japan’s Edo period known for their beauty and for their wit. They were expected to be well-educated and skilled in traditional arts like calligraphy and flower arranging.
Not only did Studio Nanairo provide the costumes, they also set our hair and did our makeup. I was thrilled that they had a blond wig which matched my hair! Three 5×7 prints and digital copies of those three selected photos were included in the standard package that we chose. For an additional fee, the studio included a fourth image on the picture data CD.
It really was a wonderful and unique experience that I would recommend to anyone with an adventurous side who is interested in Japanese culture and/or history.
The image above is one of the shots from my solo shoot. My friend and I took many photos together, but for her privacy, I will not be posting any of those.
If you live in Japan or if you will be visiting Tokyo soon and would like to set up an appointment at Studio Nanairo, please click on the following link.
Their online appointment system is extremely easy to use and is available is several languages, including English.