Open Audition to Participate in the Procession of Oiran Courtesans
in the 42nd Osu Street Performer Festival − Application Guidelines
おいらん道中 2019年10月19 (土)、20(日) Oiran Procession − October 19(Sat) and 20(Sun), 2019
The highlight of the Osu Street Performer Festival is the procession of oiran courtesans, performed by women drawn from the general public.
Preceded by guards wielding large iron weapons, debutante oiran courtesans in exquisite finery weighing around 20 kilograms and 18-centimeter-high geta footwear perform a slow walk in showy kabuki style with figure of eight steps.
The oiran courtesans make their way gracefully through the Osu arcade, accompanied by parasol-holding manservants who provide their shoulders for support. The oiran courtesans are preceded by young girls called kamuro, and trailed by prospective oiran courtesans.
The Osu Street Performer Festival wouldn't be the same without the event's highlight: the oiran procession of courtesans.
This is your chance to take part in this special event!
These are the guidelines for auditioning to take part in the event.
Oiran (courtesan) − 20 persons
Open to women age 18 or older (at least 155 cm in height)
To apply, please submit an application stating address, name, age, height,
and telephone number, and include a minimum of 2 photos (portrait, full-length, etc.).
(False nails, hair extensions, and tattoos that are visible while wearing a kimono are not permitted.)
Please indicate if you can send and receive faxes. Must be available to participate on either day of the two-day event.
Kamuro (attendant) − 20 persons
Open to girls age 5 to 12 (no taller than 145 in height)
To apply, please submit an application stating address, name, age, and telephone number, and include a photo.
Notification of acceptance
Accepted applicants will be notified by telephone.
Submitted applications and materials will not be returned.
Please note that the oiran performance is extremely physically demanding. The headgear and kimonos are quite heavy, and the geta footwear is 18 cm high. Considerable physical strength is required.
Application guidelines for participants are available at the Osu Merchants Association Office (address below).
Postal and e-mail addresses for application submissions and inquiries
Osu Street Performer Festival Organizing Committee
c/o Osu Merchants Association Office
3-38-9 Osu, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0011
To ensure delivery of e-mail, please add the domain "ohsu.co.jp" to your address book.
Deadline for application submissions: Saturday, September 28, 2019
This is the schedule of activities up to the oiran procession (tentative).
Oiran applicants must be available to take part in the scheduled activities described below.
Selection of kamuro applicants will be based solely on submitted photos.
October 4(Fri) − 1st Screening (photos)
41 applicants will be notified by telephone by the committee.
Notification may be made the following day or later.
October 12(sat) − 2nd Screening (audition and test of physical strength)
To be held at the Osu Merchants Association Office at 6:00 pm
(A short grace period will be given in the event that arrival precisely by 6:00 pm is unavoidably delayed.)
Number of applicants to be notified by the committee in the following days after passing the 2nd screening: 20 persons
October 15(Tue) − Oiran procession rehearsal To be held at the Osu Merchants Association Office at 6:00 pm
(Again, a short grace period will be given in the event that arrival precisely by 6:00 pm is unavoidably delayed.)
October 19(Sat) and 20 (Sun) − Oiran procession
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Oshiroi (traditional white make-up) is applied to the bare feet, and so tabi socks are not needed.
Items That Participants in the Oiran Procession Are to Bring on the Day of the Festival
The kimono gear (apparel, high geta footwear, etc.) will be provided by the organizing committee. Participants must procure and bring the following items themselves:
- Hada-juban (traditional skin-tone under-kimono)
Items designed to be worn with Western dresses are not acceptable.
An old T-shirt can also be used (but please note that the neck area will
be cut away).
These are used to adjust size, and so several items of varied thickness
1 bath towel, and 5 or 6 thin towels, hand towels, etc.
- Tank top (camisole)
Brassieres cannot be worn in the procession, and so participants may
wish to wear a tank top or camisole under the hada-juban.
- Above-the-knee leggings ("spats")
Participants tend to perspire heavily, and these are used to absorb
perspiration. Cotton items are best.
Leggings/compression shorts ("spats), dance trousers, or other articles
without a girdle are acceptable.
- Koshi-himo (waist sashes, each inscribed or labeled with the owner's name)
− 5 or more
- Handkerchief for wiping perspiration
Must be white (gauze or cotton)
- Towels for make-up removal -- 2
- Face soap
- Please arrange to be accompanied by a Japanese-speaking escort on the
day of the event.
- No more than one escort can accompany you in the oiran waiting room
(due to limited space).