28 November 2014

Misedashi of Maiko Kikuno!

Hanafusa san no Kikuno san no Misedashi dosu. Yoroshi otanomoshimasu!
(This is Misedashi of Kikuno-san of Hanafusa. Please, treat her well!)

Konbanwa dear guests and readers of Hanafusa blog. On this beautiful evening i'm honored to announce the debut of Maiko Kikuno. She has debuted under the wing of Sr Maiko Kikutsuru. She has worked really hard to reach this high, and i'm happy to have her as my neechan(younger sister). Omedetou san dosu Kikuno-san on the path you have chosen!

* Misedashi - formal debut of Maiko, literary means "open for business". New maiko is presented to hanamachi and the society. She wears Kuromontsuki(formal, black, crested kimono) with with matching formal golden obi and with the okiya crest on the bottom. No obijime or obidome. During Misedashi maiko wears wareshinobu hairstyle with distinguishable kanzashi: special hair ornaments of tortoiseshell called chirikan, two ougi bira kanzashi( silver, fan-shaped kanzashi with silver flutters hanging by rings). She will also wear miokuri(bands of metal sticking out from the bottom of the bun).

Photos from misedashi:

San san Kudo ceremony, bonding Kikutsuru san and Kikuno san

San san Kudo - bonding ceremony.  Is performed by drinking from sake cups, 3 sips from each of 3 cups, shared with one you are being bond to. On this photo we have a rare glance of young maiko(Kikuno) being boned with her oneesan or older sister(Kikutsuru). As well as being performed with an oneesan and imouto during Misedashi, this is also marriage ceremony during which wife is boned to her husband. As you understand, this bond cannot be broken until one of the boned dies or leaves the profession.

In front of Makuroku posters

Maiko Kikutsuru and Maiko Kikuno posing in front of Makuroku posters.

* Makuroku - are celebratory posters put inside and outside the okiya for misedashi and erikae. The maiko’s name is on the left, and the poster’s commissioner is on the bottom right. I must say that other okiya in Hanamachi usually make Makuroku for the "newborn" Maiko to show their support and respect.

23 November 2014

Kikuno-chan has passed the exam!

I'm honored today to announce that Kikuno-chan had her exam today. It was not easy at all but she had studied hard and passed it! Next week she will debut as Maiko. 

Omedetou san dosu Okaasan on the success of your neechan!

Omedetou san dosu Kikutsuru san on the success of your imouto!

Omedetou san dosu Kikumaru san on the success of your neechan!

Omedetou san dosu Kikuno-san on the day you have started a new path!

12 November 2014

November Kitsuke

Geiko Kikuyu

Okaasan Kikuyu is wearing a magnificent susohiki with eye-catching design - leaves on a branch are dyed boldly, a traditional autumn motif. For its creation the best and most expensive silks were used. 
Her golden obi is decorated with flying cranes, that are Japanese symbols of longevity and good luck and are always referred to as “the birds of happiness”. Over time, cranes have also evolved as a favorite subject of the tradition of paper folding – origami. It is said that a thousand folded cranes, one for each year of its life, makes a wish come true.
In her left hand she's holding gorgeous kago, made of chirimen silk, with a beautiful pink color background. Basket base is made of painted bamboo sticks. All is handmade by Kyoto's best craftsman. 
The whole ensemble looks very elegant on her!

Maiko Kikutsuru

Maiko Kikutsuru is wearing black hikizuri .What an APPEALING design it has! It has captivating pattern of tiger, crouching though the forest and bamboo leaves; the pattern is dyed elaborately. The tiger symbol has been used for many different purposes - here it is thought to be the symbol to ward off evil. According to Japanese tradition if you see a tiger in a dream it denotes the coming of a new power your way. 
Textile is exquisite silk and has soft and comfortable touch.
Her Collar(han-eri) is white with red part on the back and it shows us that she is senior Maiko.
The Darari obi (very long sash, worn by maiko - can be 600 centimeters) and has feathers and bamboo leaves on it. You may notice that it has a crest (mon) on the bottom - this is the crest of the okiya that own the maiko obi.
In her hands she's holding kago, with paulownia flower pattern on a smooth pink background.

Maiko Kikumaru

Maiko Kikumaru has become ichinmae maiko(2nd year maiko) this month - she has cut the shidare from her kanzashi and from now on she will be painting her upper lip.

 Maiko Kikumaru is wearing hikizuri of warm red color. This piece has charming design on it - many multi seasonal motifs such as pine and bamboo as well as flowers in golden motifs, which are dyed on the deep colored background. Textile is exquisite glossy silk. 
As you can see, her eri(collar) is red with some white embroidery - that means she is still a junior maiko.
Her lovely darari obi is golden with beautiful woven pattern and had cost okiya a whole fortune!
Her kago is green, with kingyo(goldfish) charm on it. Throughout the ages, goldfish is considered the harbinger of prosperity, growth, wealth, long life, wisdom and peace. As one of the 8 sacred symbols of Buddha, goldfish are symbols of abundance and harmony in life. 

Minarai Kikuno


Young Kikuno, who has become minarai in October under the wing of Maiko Kikutsuru, is now wearing maiko hikizuri. The vivid colors are eye-catchy and gold glazing adds elegance to it. The pattern is multi seasonal. 
Textile is exquisite silk and has soft touch. 
Kikuno-san is wearing the twin-obi of the one, that is now worn by Maiko Kikumaru.Her eri(collar) has crane embroidery on it. Let it bring her good luck in her career!
As she is very young she is applying lipstick only on her lower lip - to show that she is still a "baby".
Kikuno-chan's kago is smaller than her older sisters' but it really suits her petitness.

Photos : Maiko Kikutsuru

10 November 2014

Okaasan Geiko Kikuyu

Okaasan Kikuyu in her summer attire
Geiko no Kikuyu Dosu_.*
Okaasan of Hanafusa Okiya_.*

Dedicated to the art of the floating world, to ensure good entertainment for anyone who would dedcate themself as a patron. And to be a good role model to teach dedicated girls on the path to become Geiko.

Hanamachi - Miyagawacho 宮川町花街 
Okiya - Hanafusa 置屋
Rank -  Geiko 芸子
Role - Okaasan - Sensei
Imouto - Kikutsuru - 菊つる
Oneesan - Retired Geiko Kikuryu

-:- Katsura no metal flaps -----------:-
-:-Erikae - January 9th 2012-:-
-:-Mizuage - March 6th 2011-:-
-:-Misedashi - January 1rst 2010-:-
-:- Minarai - December 1rst 2009-:-
-:- Shikomi - Feburary 25th 2008 -:-

Photo's of Okaasan Geiko Kikuyu:


7 November 2014

Maiko Kikuno

Photo by Isodel-san
 Watashi no namae wa Kikuno desu

I am a Maiko at Hanafusa Okiya in Miyagawacho Hanamachi. Okaasan is Geiko Kikuyu and my Oneesan is Maiko Kikutsuru ^^

Before okaasan has given me a professional name, everybody called me Miyoe.
I was born in Okinawa and moved to Kyoto due to her fathers flourishing second hand kimono business. I loved to try them on and walk around the streets with her mother and two sisters in her kimono.

For birthday my father treated me to go seeing an odori at a near bye hanamachi. I really loved it and wanted to see more. One thing lead to another and so became very interested in the traditional arts . After taking a few traditional dance and music lessons she fell in love. After going to a few more odori and meeting maiko I havedecided to train as a maiko.

Trying out a few okiya which were not right for her she decided to take a break. Then decided to re try...I applied into Hanafusa okiya. After several interviews she got accepted, packed her things and moved into the okiya to start her path to becoming a geiko...

Shikomi: Photos to come ^_^





Haninmae Maiko: Photos to come^^

Maiko Kikutsuru

Maiko Kikutsuru in her summer attire
     Watashi  no namae wa Kikutsuru desu           ═══════════.❀.════════════╝        
I am a  Maiko and the atotori of Hanafusa okiya in Miyagawacho Hanamachi. I am fortunate to have Geiko Kikuyu as my onesan.

I was born at the outside of Kyoto city
in the nearness of Arayashima
My family named me Miehina  meaning beautiful doll and to become a geiko would seem to be my fate rather then going to school. I had 3 aunts with the title of geiko and my mother was a retired Inoue school teacher and geiko...
Hence from a early age I was trained in the arts that I one day would master..
I were with okiyas but did never find them to fit me well... But coming to Miyagawacho meeting Okaasan she was strict but fair kind and had time to listen to me and give me advice as weather to become a geiko or not.
I came to the conclusion that I wished to give it another try..
Being fairly older by some years then my sisters I found myself suddenly at the lowest rank in the okiya... A role I think will help me become a better geiko some day.
Yoroshiku otano moshimasu^_^

Maiko Kikumaru

Maiko Kikumaru in her Summer attire
Watashi no namae wa Kikumaru desu
* * *
I am Senior Maiko at Hanafusa okiya in Miyagawacho Hanamachi.
My oneesan is Sr Maiko Kikutsuru, who has taken me under her wing and i am and will gratefull to her my every single day.
Geiko Kikuyu is my humble okaasan and if you have any complaints or compliments regarding my behaviour please direct them to her - ookini san dosu.
 ════════════════════════ .♥.
Before i became maiko Kikumaru i was known as Katsumi, meaning victorious beauty. I was born in a town called Yamagato in the Tohoku region. Here all the story begins....
My father, Kiyoshi Kawaguchi, is kimono artist and holds a small shop. I used to see him painting hikizuri and susohiki even for Kyoto maiko and geiko.
My mother, Ayako Kawaguchi, was geiko in Pontocho and was said to be a very good dancer. She did leave the profession after marrying my father but she didn't loose her talent as she continued to dance for her children...
Its all thanks to her i have decided to leave my small town and try to become an apprentice geiko. I have seen many okiya on my way, old and new, but when i came to Hanafusa Okiya i understood, that here's the place i was looking for, here is the place where i will leave my heart and soul...