Thursday, March 01, 2007

The theme day: Men at work, Otokoshi(男衆)


This photo is about Misedashi, a ceremony of greetings of fresh Maiko with a man to people who will work with her just after she finished the training period.

The man is called Otokoshi(男衆).

His daily work is to tie Maiko's sash to help her put on a kimono. Maiko's tie of kimono is about 7.5 meters length. It is heavier and longer than usual and man's power is needed to tie the sash.

1 (Porto (Portugal) ) -2 (Greenville SC (USA) ) -3 (Hyde (UK) ) -4 (Tenerife (Spain) ) -5 (Albuquerque, NM (USA) ) -6 (Stayton, OR (USA) ) -7 (Rotterdam (NL) ) -8 (Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) ) -9 (London (England) ) -10 (Richmond, VA (USA) ) -11 (Sydney -Sally (Australia) ) -12 (Newcastle upon Tyne (England) ) -13 (Constanta (Romania) ) -14 (Evry (France) ) -15 (Lubbock, TX (USA) ) -16 (Szentes (Hungary) ) -17 (Villigen (Switzerland) ) -18 (Mumbai (India) ) -19 (Tel Aviv (Israel) ) -20 (Twin Cities, MN [USA] ) -21 (Jakarta (Indonesia) ) -22 (Houston -Candice & Megan, TX (USA) ) -23 (Budapest (Hungary) ) -24 (Singapore - Zannnie (Singapore) ) -25 (Dubai (UAE) ) -26 (Singapore -Keropokman (Singapore) ) -27 (Madrid -Dsole (Spain) ) -28 (Mazatlan -Kate (Mexico) ) -29 (Nelson (New Zealand) ) -30 (Vantaa (Finland) ) -31 (Kyoto (Japan) ) -32 (Tokyo (Japan) ) -33 (Joplin, MO (USA) ) -34 (Auckland (New Zealand) ) -35 (Sequim, WA (USA) ) -36 (Menton (France) ) -37 (Minneapolis, MN (USA) ) -38 (Istanbul (Turkey) ) -39 (Sydney -Nathalie (Australia) ) -40 (Sharon, CT (USA) ) -41 (Seattle, WA (USA) ) -42 (Anderson, SC (USA) ) -43 (Monte Carlo, (Monaco) ) -44 (Milano, (Italy) ) -45 (Grenoble (France) ) -46 (Wailea, HI (USA) ) -47 (Guelph, ON (Canada) ) -48 (Melbourne - John (Australia) ) -49 (New York City (USA) [Ming_the_Merciless] ) -50 (Cebu (Philippines) ) -51 (Bandung (Indonesia) ) -52 (Antigua Guatemala (Central America) ) -53 (Hamburg (Germany) ) -54 (London -Jonemo (UK) ) -55 (Hong Kong ) -56 (Stavanger (Norway) ) -57 (Paris (France) ) -58 (Naples, Florida (USA) ) -59 (Saarbrücken (Germany) ) -60 (Shanghai (China) ) -61 (Quito (Ecuador) ) -62 (Zurich (Switzerland) ) -63 (Joensuu ( Finland ) ) -64 (Aliso Viejo, CA (USA) ) -65 (Cheltenham (England)) -
Location by Google Map

20 Comments:

At 3/01/2007 10:36 AM, Anonymous santy said...

it takes a strong man to put on a traditional kimono, that's very interesting! great post!

 
At 3/01/2007 10:49 AM, Blogger Jing said...

interesting!!
:))

jing

 
At 3/01/2007 11:09 AM, Blogger Lilly said...

I think that she is doing all the work here. Good post.

 
At 3/01/2007 11:46 AM, Anonymous denton said...

This is the most unique photo in theme so far and I agree with lilly, it looks you she is doing all the work.

 
At 3/01/2007 3:56 PM, Blogger Keropok Man said...

wow!

how heavy is it? you need to be really strong to put on those clothings ya?

 
At 3/01/2007 4:11 PM, Blogger slinger said...

very neat!

 
At 3/01/2007 5:06 PM, Blogger edwin s said...

Great shot and post Macky!

 
At 3/01/2007 5:16 PM, Anonymous kris said...

time as if has stop..interesting job!

 
At 3/01/2007 6:34 PM, Blogger Sally said...

Great post! Love that it is so location specific (like Ham's in London!)

 
At 3/01/2007 8:32 PM, Blogger lynn said...

I think this is the most informative entry i've seen so far! So interesting.

 
At 3/01/2007 11:22 PM, Blogger Gerald England said...

sounds like nice work if you can get it!

 
At 3/02/2007 3:18 AM, Anonymous John said...

Great shot. Very interesting post.

 
At 3/02/2007 5:03 AM, Blogger Kuanyin said...

Hey, this is good to know about tying the sash! Very interesting post photo!

 
At 3/02/2007 5:42 AM, Anonymous John said...

NIce shot Macky,very cultural indeed.

 
At 3/02/2007 5:46 AM, Blogger Fay said...

Is it a part-time job or a full-time job? What else does he have to do for this job?

I would be amazed if somebody makes a living solely by tying sash :)

 
At 3/02/2007 10:28 AM, Blogger Ham said...

A real "essence of Japan" shot - love it!

 
At 3/02/2007 1:14 PM, Anonymous Helen said...

Nice photo!

 
At 3/02/2007 2:38 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Very nice photo. Educational commentary. Good job, Macky.

 
At 3/06/2007 2:59 AM, Blogger macky said...

Thank you for the comments!

fay, It is a part-time job, I think.

 
At 9/26/2008 7:08 AM, OpenID andrewosbourn said...

That maiko's name is Mameteru. I have a video of her misedashi. Maybe you would like to check it out?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC-bWJ08cf8

 

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