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This weekend was quite special for me since I acquired a once in a lifetime experience. I had the honour to model for a Japanese photographer called Naoya Yamaguchi. His work is inspired by the Japanese Ukiyo-e (wood-block prints) and Japanese theatre such as Kabuki and Noh.
This weekend, he visited Bucharest in order to present his work at my University and I was chosen to become an Oiran, a high class courtesan of the 17th century Edo.
The process took a lot of time and patience but it was worth it!
Two make-up and hair stylists along with a kimono specialist were needed. I couldn't help feeling like a little Japanese princess with all that pampering!
Most of the transformation took place on stage and I must confess it was not easy having so many people looking. That's why I'm starring at my feet in most of these pictures.
The hair-do usually takes up to six hours to accomplish and these two talented artists managed to have it ready in only thirty minutes!
The final piece was a kimono that weighted no less than twenty kilos! I must confess it was not easy to wear that for about an hour, I'm not the most athletic person after all.
When I got the chance to see the final result for myself, I could not believe my eyes!
It was quite difficult but I enjoyed every minute of it!
A big thank you to Mr. Yamaguchi, his team and my professors for allowing me to have this wonderful experience in my life.