21 October 2017

Important note!

Dear readers,
Please excuse me for quietness this month. Recently there have been changes that have occurred the life of Hanafusa okiya members:

1) WE HAVE MOVED! Yes, that is true. The official opening of our new sim is still to take place, though we have already started holding events and you are welcome to visit our new sim that is even more detailed and precise as RL Kyoto Hanamachi. Please use this landmark Kyoto Kagai Sim and do not be shy to pay a visit anytime :)
2) If you are interested in renting a house or a shop, please contact Maiko Kikutsuru(Miehina) for more information and availability.
3) EVENTS! It was decided that this year's Mizuekai performance will be moved to November 22nd. Maiko and Geiko san of Hanafusa okiya have already started the preparations. More information is soon to come.
4) Again, Hanafusa okiya has opened its doors for the applicants. As i have mentioned previously, Hanafusa okiya is a training establishment and boarding house in which you can be educated to be a Geiko. It is located in Miyagawacho Hanamachi of Kyoto Kagai sim, and is based on the actual okiya in real life Kyoto. As well in our Okiya you will be taught the various arts of real Geiko. You have weekly lessons, which ends with homework that has to be approved before your next class is provided. Please contact Maiko Kikutsuru(Miehina) if you need an application form. For those who are interested but are still doubting, Kyoto Kagai holds events, known as Museum event, where you can ask maiko about their carrier and training at Hanafusa okiya.

30 September 2017

Minaraia in Hanahusa ochaya

New member of Hanafusa okiya family
Dear guests and partrons,

We would like to invite you to special ozashiki that will be hold in Hanahusa ochaya this Sunday 11 am slt. During this event you will witness the minarai debut of new member of Hanafusa okiya. We keep her professional name in secret so those who come ozashiki will be first one to know. But you can always try to guess ^^

Date: Sunday October 1st

Time: 11 am slt

19 September 2017

September Kitsuke

Geiko Kikuyu
For the last month of summer, Okaasan Kikuyu has chosen black susohiki with firework design. This design is usually associated with Obon celebrations which were held in Kyoto Kagai sim not so long ago. The obi is woven, embroidered with pink threads on beige background.
As she is holding the hem of her kimono, we can see pink juban with red flowers. Pink juban is used by Geiko san when Maiko wear only red juban.
In her left hand she is holding her personal kago with her name sewn on it. In Hanafusa okiya there is a tradition, when okaasan gives newly debuted girl kago with girl's name on it.
Maiko Kikutsuru
The oldest maiko and atatori of Hanafusa okiya, Maiko Kikutsuru wears light green hikizuri with falling leaves design. As i have mentioned, in Japan September is summer month, so maiko san can wear summer cotton kimono called yukata as well as hikizuri that are unlined.
Kimono is tied with woven Darari obi, that has willow and butterfly design on it.
As okaasan Kikuyu, Maiko Kikutsuru is holding the hem of her kimono, showing red juban with summer-autumn motif.
Her hairstyle is called ofuku and is decorated with seasonal Kikyou (bellfower) Kanzashi. The ones that worn by senior Maiko are different from those worn by the Junior's. While Juniors have kanzashi that consist of many little flowers, Senior maiko wear big, usually single flower (triple flowers are used by maiko who had their mizuage less than a year. When yeas has passed, they get to wear single flower Kanzashi)
Maiko Kikumaru
On 27th Maiko Kikumaru has stepped in her last stage as maiko - she is now Yoninmae Maiko.
Omedetou san dosu Kikumaru san!
Senior maiko Kikumaru has chosen special hikizuri, designed by Kiku no Iki shop. This is multi seasonal shibori hikizuri with flower and origami crane motif on bright green background.
Kimono is tied with black Darari obi that has many different flowers on it, meaning it can be used in spring, summer and autumn months.
Her hairstyle and kanzashi are same as those worn by Maiko Kikutsuru.
You might have noticed that both Maiko Kikutsuru and Kikumaru wear black lacquered okobo. This is quite a rare sight, mainly because maiko wear them with formal ensemble during misedashi/shigyoshiki/erikae etc. Only time maiko wear them with semiformal outfits is summer months.
Maiko Kikune
Hikizuri of Maiko Kikune has autumn flowers and fans, hand painted on a pink background. Her Darari obi is black and has butterfly and grass motif, which is more summery motif.
Her hairstyle is called wareshinobu and this is the main hairstyle for Junior maiko and minarai.
The kanzashi, as i have told before are different from the Senior ones, and feature many small bellflowers.
In one hand she is holding the hem of her kimono, in other hand - special red kago, that was gifted to her on her misedashi day by Okaasan Kikuyu. If you look closely you will see that is has name of Maiko Kikune's name embroidered on it.
Maiko Kikuteru
The youngest Maiko Kikuteru is wearing purple hikizuri, with water flow, leafs and flower motifs. Colors and design of this kimono has cooling effect when you look at it.
The Obi is black with geometrical motif, chrysanthemum flowers and paulownia leafs hand painted on i.
As she has worked as maiko for less than a year, she paints only her lower lip and wears "dangling" part attached to the hanakanzashi.
As well as her older sisters, she holds the hew of her hikizuri in her left hand, showing her red juban with summer-autumn pattern. In her right hand she holds a cute kago, that has all the essencials that might be needed during the day.

15 September 2017

Ozashiki in Gion Higashi ochaya

Dear Guests and Patrons of Kyoto Kagai sim,
It is with great pleasure to invite you to the summertime ozashiki of Hanahusa ochaya on Sunday 17th of September. Come and relax in a cooling atmosphere of ochaya along with the traditional Japanese music and the rustle of silk sleeves. You'll be offered special Miyagawacho "flying" sake and delicious green tea served by maikos of Hanafusa okiya
Date: Sunday 17th of September
Time: 11 am slt
Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Midnight%20Sun/153/179/25

2 September 2017

Yukatakai 2017

Last week Miyagawacho Kaburenjo held odori, know as Yukatakai. For those who do not know, this is annual event, in which maiko and geiko of Kyoto kagai sim participate in. During it, guests and patrons could admire talents as well as notice changes in the kagai. This year was special for maiko Kikuteru, as it was her fist odori since she has debuted as maiko and last for Maiko Kikutsru, as 2017 is last year in her maiko career before she will "turn her collar".
For those who couldn't come but extremely wished to, here is a small description of the acts.
Please enjoy :)
Yukatakai 2017. Act 1
Act 1: Opening
Okasan Geiko Kikuyu welcomes guests and patrons with a speech while Maiko san create a perfect atmosphere by performing on traditional instruments: Maiko Kikuteru(shimedaiko), Maiko Kikune (fue), Maiko Kikumaru(fue), Geiko Kikuyu(shamisen), Maiko Kikutsuru(kotozumi), Maiko Kikuyae(otozumi)

Yukatakai 2017. Act 2
Act 2: Odori no Natsu

Geiko Kikuyu accompanied by Maiko Kikutsuru and Maiko Kikumaru perform a folklore summer dance. The story is self written by Maiko Kikumaru and tells us about the disappearance of summer and a butterfly who went searching for it. In their hands dancers are holding personalized uchiwa (summer fans)

Yukatakai 2017. Act 3

Act 3: Odori no Wakayabi

Maiko and Geiko of Hanafusa okiya perform together on the stage. The prop they are using is a dance fan called maioughi.
 The poem for this act was written by Maiko Kikune herself.

Yukatakai 2017. Act 4
Act 4 : The Master and the Student

The 4th act of this years odori was dance of 3 young maiko of Hanafusa okiya: Kikune, Kikuyae and Kikuteru. Poem for this dance was written by Maiko Kikuyae. At the back, seniors of Hanafusa okiya (Geiko Kikuyu, Maiko Kikutsuru and Kikumaru) play on shamisens.

Yukatakai 2017. Act 5

Act 5: Odori no Uchiwa

In this final act maiko and geiko participants of the odori perform a small poem each. In their hands they hold a personalized uchiwa, with mon of their okiya on one side and their names written in kanji on the other side

Have you ever dreamt of becoming a maiko?

Have you ever dreamed wearing elaborate kimonos and learning new about Japanese culture? Have you ever dreamed of walking the Kyoto streets in high wooden okobo?
If yes, than Hanafusa okiya is for you:)
You are provided with a near real life course or training in Japanese History and culture. You will learn how to be a Geiko ( term for Geisha in Kyoto)
At the moment we have open space for 4 Shikomi.
Ready to give it a try? Contact  Maiko Kikutsuru of Hanafusa (Miehina resident) if you are interested in starting your journey in a close family such as Hanafusa, that focus on realism and quality.
Geiko and Maiko of Hanafusa okiya performing at annual Yukatakai

23 August 2017

Obon 2017

When August is in its peak, every child knows that it is time for Obon celebrations in Kyoto Kagai sim. What can be better than dressing up in a nice cotton yukata, tying a colorful obi sash and admiring the fireworks, accompanied with horror stories? Definitely nothing!
That is why every year Kyoto Kagai sim holds Obon where everyone can come and participate and learn about this traditional feast. First of all, there was a Bon Odori or "Bon Dance", a sacred dance performed only on this special occasion. After the dance, guests could take a snack at the near-standing food stalls, or participate in festival games: catching a goldfish, shooting, darts etc. This year, our guests and patrons could compete with maiko members of Hanafusa okiya. As fun progressed, Maiko Kikutsuru led everybody through the channel and park into a small house where the horror stories were told. Shivering! One of our guests, after the event, stated that she saw the ghost from the story...
I hope that you have enjoyed this years Obon and i hope you will join us on the next celebrations as well. If you want to receive information about the events invorld, please contact Maiko Kikumaru(belliebeth) inworld.