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A foreign tourist poses for a photo with Japanese dancers dressed in kimonos during an exhibition to promote tourism and local products made and grown in Fukushima Prefecture, in Tokyo, on Friday.

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Nice photo! Love the backdrop!

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I love Japanese traditional fashions great culture

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Yep, Fukushima is famous for its Maiko-sans!

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Smile, you're on Candid Camera!

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Err, look at the article to the left of this picture...

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This doesn't exactly look like it's at any kind of exhibition. It looks like it's in somebody's office. Some more info behind this photo would be helpful.

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Fukushima is safe and under control, look even the tourists are going there for snap shots with kimono clad girls, Yeah Right !

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Japan is learning how to deal with foreigners day by day. We can't expect Japan to change in one day. The same with other countries. Some foreigners expect to be treated like home or better but need to wake up the this is not HOME it is a foreign land and foreign lands have their way of dealing with strangers until trust is built.

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Some foreigners expect to be treated like home or better but need to wake up the this is not HOME it is a foreign land and foreign lands have their way of dealing with strangers until trust is built.

And some people like to make the guests feel at home.

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Actual Maiko or Geisha would no way allow you take photos with them.

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Er... These aren't Maiko-san. Why is everyone thinking they are? You can tell by the geta and the kimono itself. These are just dancers.

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akihase; haha, what? It is 2013, nearly 2014. The rest of the modern world is completely and utterly fine with the mass migration of people, and doesn't even bat an eyelid when dealing with people who are not identical to themselves. Walk around in London, New York, Paris, etc., to see for yourself. And this level of integration is sky-rocketing ahead on a daily basis, while poor old silly Japan still refuses to get with the program.

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Don't get me wrong but that tapered, too short pants looks terrible, especially if you have short legs! Quite in contrast to the immaculate looking maikos.

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Japan is learning how to deal with foreigners day by day. We can't expect Japan to change in one day

Well, they've had over 150 years!

Some foreigners expect to be treated like home or better but need to wake up the this is not HOME it is a foreign land and foreign lands have their way of dealing with strangers until trust is built.

Oh, I think a lot of us here have experienced what it's like being treated like a foreigner in Japan, and it ain't all pretty. I doubt the Japanese will ever trust foreigners. On the other hand, I agree that Japan is what it is, and respect it for being true to that. Too many foreigners seem to want Japan to change for them. It's an arrogant way of looking at the world that I do not share.

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They are either maikosans or geishasans. They wrapped their kimonos with hidari-maye ( wrap left side kimono front). Also, left side person wears his hanten cover printed Aizu kanjis. Fukushima was Aizau during feudal era. It was noted on their Aizu samurai tradition. Aizu byakkotai stories of young soldiered all committed seppuku during Boshin War, Then Dr. Hifeyo Noguchi, Now, Fukushima tragedy.

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"Visitor Friendly" =expect the push to 2020. Good for Japan and Fukushima.

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They wrapped their kimonos with hidari-maye

The opposite way of wrapping a kimono is only used on the deceased, it's never correct for a living person to wrap the right side over, so the way they have wrapped their kimono tells you nothing about whether they are maiko or geisha.

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Girls were supposed to wear kimonos with migimaye . I sued to goof and my classmates had to correct me telling that only geishas wear hidarimaye. Migi is right side. Dead people do not get changed their kimonos. Japanese custom for generations.

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I'm sorry, that is incorrect. The left side of the kimono is properly placed over the right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ83TOh1PLc

I've buried 8 relatives in my time here. The white set that goes on them in the coffin is put on with the right side over the left on the outside, and this is only done for the dead.

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Back on topic please.

They seem youg so they must be maiko-san. About Hidarimaye, men and geishas wear hidarimayem not women. Pretty kimonos. Cute gaijin together.

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