Oharame Statue and Cartoons (Ohara, Japan - May 17, 2012)
Ohara is also known for “Oharame,” female peddlers who carry brushwood, firewood and flowers on their heads along the streets of Kyoto. They wear a towel on their ornately arranged hair, an indigo blue kimono, a Gosho-zome dyed ‘obi’ (sash), an apron, white hand covers and gaiters on their legs. This unique costume of Oharame is believed to have already attracted the attention of people in Kyoto around the 12th century, just as it continues to do so today. (from the Japan National Tourism Organization)
Visiting Tokyo schoolgirls dressed in the traditional Ohara style - May 17, 2012 (you could apparently rent the costumes from the tourist center at the foot of the mountain and there is a parade in early May where all the local girls dress up like this and carry bundles of branches on their head. There is a cartoon of this traditional wood carrying maiden which I will show you later.)
Bean trying on a black pleated skirt at the Shimamura.