27 November 2015

November Kitsuke

Maiko and geiko greet last month of autumn in wonderful mood - new Maiko Kikuyumi, little Hanafusa flower, that has debuted and Maiko Kikumaru, passing her special tea ceremony exam have made the first half of the month. Second half of the month was packed with banquets and  ozashiki. Its a pity that cold wind makes you not want to leave the warm and cozy kotatsu :)

Geiko Kikuyu

Okaasan Kikuyu is wearing a magnificent susohiki with eye-catching design - maple leaves on soft pink background - a very traditional autumn motif. For its creation the best and most expensive silks were used.
Obi is decorated with golden chrysanthemums on orange background. In Japan, the chrysanthemum is a symbol of the Emperor and the Imperial family. In particular, a mon of chrysanthemum blossom design, indicates a link to the Emperor. The chrysanthemum is also considered to be the seasonal flower of October BUT can be used as a specific autumn motif.

Sr Maiko Kikutsuru

For November, Maiko Kikutsuru has chosen beautiful white hikizuri, with falling maple leafs, chrysanthemum flowers painted by famous kimono artist. Textile is exquisite silk and has soft and comfortable touch.
Please notice the eri(collar) - it is white with red part on the back and it shows us that she is senior Maiko.
Her Darari obi (very long sash, worn by maiko - can be 600 centimeters) and has black and yellow geometrical motif on it. The green background of the obi really suits the green maple leaves on the hikizuri and makes the whole ensemble look stunning.
Her hairstyle is Ofuku and is decorated with kanzashi, that represent ginko leaves.

Jr Maiko Kikumaru

Jr Maiko Kikumaru has decided to wear this stunning hikizuri  that has carefully painted chrysantemum flowers, maple leafs and small snow piles on deep red background. 
Her eri is richly embroided with white treads but still we can see the red cloth - it means that she's still Jr Maiko.
Textile is exquisite glossy silk. 
Her obi is green, with yellow clouds painted on it. Clouds represent elegance and high status. In Buddhism, clouds signify the ‘Western Paradise’ beyond earth; and in Shintoism, the spirits of the dead. 

Jr Maiko Kikuyumi

I introduce you, Maiko Kikuyumi of Hanafusa Okiya, who has debuted only some days ago.
Little Yumi chan is wearing soft green hikizuri with autumn flowers and leafs on it. It looks similar to her oneesan's hikizuri, symbolizing that they are sisters. 
Her eri(collar) has crane embroidery on it.
The Darari obi of Kikuyumi chan has crane pattern embroidered on it. Tsuru(crane) - is symbol of longevity and good luck and is always referred to as “the bird of happiness”. 
Her hairstyle is wareshinobu and is decorated with seasonal shidare kanzashi :) Let's all wish her luck on the hard path she has chosen !

19 November 2015

Misedashi of Kikuyumi

Hanafusa san no Kikuyumi san no Misedashi dosu. Yoroshi otanomoshimasu!

(This is Misedashi of Kikuyumi-san of Hanafusa. Please, treat her well!)

Dear guests, patrons and readers of Hanafusa blog. On this beautiful day i'm honored to announce the debut of Maiko Kikuyumi. 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 Kikuyumi-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)

On first day of Misedashi, a very important ceremony takes place. It is called San san kudo or bonding ceremony. It 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(Kikuyumi) being bonded 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 bonded to her husband. As you understand, this bond cannot be broken until one of the bonded dies or leaves the profession. So it is very serious!

After the san san kudo ceremony, oneesan Kikutsuru and newborn Maiko Kikuyumi walked to teahouses and stores important to the okiya and life in the kagai to thank them for their support and with the wish of a continuing support in the future
Misedashi day 2 and 3 : Misedashi Ozashiki
Several ozashiki were held in honor of Kikuyumi chan who is now a new maiko in Hanafusa okiya. Many important to hanamachi people came to congratulate her and watch her first performance. Maiko Kikuyumi presented guests with a dance and story of her path as apprentice geiko.  From now on she'll be known as proud maiko of Hanafusa okiya. Let's all wish her good luck!

Shamisen practice

Today, little minarai Kikushino and her oneesan maiko Kikumaru had a shamisen practice together. They stayed in the small chachitsu in the park enjoying one of the last warm days of autumn...

17 November 2015

Misedashi of Kikuyumi san in Hanafusa Okiya

It is a honor and pleasure to announce that Minarai Kikuyumi will be a maiko this Thursday, her 3 day celebration begins then.
Maiko Kikutsuru as her oneesan  invites you who enjoy taking photos, to take them Thursday 19th of November 10.15 -10.30 am slt Before her rounds as a maiko begin.
November 20th she will grace the ochaya in Miyagawacho from 10 am - 11 am slt.

Omedetou san dosu Kikuyumi san!
Your okaasan, oneesan and neesan wish you prosperity and welcome you to the profession!

15 November 2015

First chanoyu(tea ceremony) of Maiko Kikumaru

Not only we had ozashiki yesterday. One very special event also took place on Friday 13th - Maiko Kikumaru performed her first tea ceremony for her okiya okaasan and sisters. This was exam which she passed. This means that soon she will be entering her saninmae rank or, in other words, soon we will have Mizuage celebrations and new Senior Maiko:)

But before let us remember the quote of Okakura Kakuz┼Ź: 
“Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.” 

14 November 2015

Ozashiki in Hanahusa ochaya

Yesterday, Hanahusa ochaya hold ozashiki in order to celebrate to the end of Autumn. Maiko of Hanafusa okiya skilfully entertained guests and patrons, while 2 little minarai watched and helped with offering refreshments. In the end of ozashiki Maiko Kikutsuru danced a beautiful seasonal dance while Maiko Kikumaru accompanied with Koto( traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument about 180 centimeters length, made from Paulownia wood with 13 strings that are strung over 13 movable bridges along the width of the instrument).  

(All photos were kindly made by our dear guest Isoldel-san)

3 November 2015

Photos from Mizuekai 2015

On October 31st Miyagawacho kaburenjo has hosted 3rd annual Mizuekai during which guests could enjoy beautiful dances, poems and kabuki play created by Hanafusa okiya members.
Geiko Kikuyu in the role of narrating
Maiko Kikutsuru in the roles of Obaasan and Lead dancer
Maiko Kikumaru in the role of the Priest and Lead dancer
Minarai Kikuyumi in the role as Nobleman and Dancer

Act 1:  Odori no Aki

Act 2: Kabuki - The Fortune teller priest
Act 3: Kabuki - The Fortune teller priest

Act 4: Odori no Momiji - Dragon Boy tale

Act 5: Manzai odori