Thursday, December 31, 2009

Lifelong love of the stage keeps Japan's oldest stripper dancing, charming audiences

Hikaru Wakao, billed as the oldest active stripper, prepares in her dressing room. (Mainichi)
Hikaru Wakao, billed as the oldest active stripper, prepares in her dressing room. (Mainichi)

A figure in a black kimono and a wig with a man's topknot stands on stage, drawing a laugh from the crowd as it pretends to mistakenly stab itself in the hand with a metal truncheon. A quick trip to the wings and the figure reappears, this time sporting an ornate red hairpin. The figure -- obviously a woman now -- basks in the spotlight, and begins to strip off her clothes. More here!

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