22 September 2015

Maiko Kikuyumi

Watashi no namae wa Kikuyumi desu, i'm maiko in Hanafusa okiya. My oneesan is Sr Maiko Kikutsuru

Before i became known as Kikuyumi of Hanafusa Okiya, i was Chiyo, meaning thousand generations. I was born in Karama a little fishing village on the slopes of Mount Fuji.
My father was a fisher and my mother took care of me until she fell ill.
I did all in my power to carry forward the home and to take care of my sick mum while I was looking for a way to give an hand to my family.
My father did all what was in his possibilities also to cure her but any efforts was un useful. She died after many months of suffering.
When my father told me that he couldn't take care of me anymore, I left my home and I have walked for long time before arrive to Kyoto. There I was welcomed in my first Okiya called Nishimura. I started my studies but the Okiya did close after a short time and I had too re-started my walk without knowing where I could go.
At the end I arrived in Miyagawacho Hanamachi where Hanafusa Okiya's Okaasan accepted me as her trainee and I have now been established here with this new family that will never leave me...

9 September 2015

September Kitsuke

Its Autumn outside your window? The cold autumn wind reminds you of the end of summer? Than come to Miyagawacho Hanamachi, as in Japan, September is last summer month :)

Geiko Kikuyu

 For this last summer month, geiko Kikuyu has chosen amazing black susohiki, with scenery painted on her hem - we can see waves of water flowing on the shore where magnificent trees grow. Near this beauty, the symbol of Japan - crane - is walking gracefully, reminding us about the coming autumn

Sr Maiko Kikutsuru

Sr Maiko Kikutsuru decided to wear a beautiful hikizuri with gradation between yellow, red and purple with summer grass and bellflower motifs.(P.S. when i was younger, perhaps minarai, i thought that those were not bellflowers but autumn leaves. I dont know why giggle)

Jr Maiko KIkumaru

 Jr Maiko Kikumaru is wearing cute hikizuri with soft green background and maple leafs and branches. We can see green leafs of summer, but there're also yellow leafs of autumn - this is kind of reminder for us that autumn is around the corner, so we need to prepare  as well as enjoy those last days of summer days :)