20 July 2017

Konchiki ondo at Yasaka Jinja(Sunday 23rd of July)

To mark the end of Gion Matsuri celebrations, Maiko san from Miyagawacho Hanamachi will perform special dance called Konchiki ondo at the Yasaka Jinja pavilion. We welcome You and we also welcome your friends and family to join us on this special day in Kyoto Kagai sim.

Date: Sunday 23rd of July
Time: 11.30 am slt

After the performance photos with Maiko san can be taken :)

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Midnight%20Sun/193/138/27

13 July 2017

Have you ever dreamed 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.
Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Midnight%20Sun/144/105/25

11 July 2017

(Saturday 15th of July) Ozashiki at Gion Higachi Ochaya

Konnichiwa dear guests and patron of Kyoto Kagai sim,
as a celebration of Midsummer we are hosting a ozashiki in Gion Higashi ochaya this Saturday. This ochaya is located in Gion Higashi district of Kyoto Kagai sim, with a veranda upon the water channel As well as the beautiful view, you will feel the refreshing breeze scented with waterlily scent coming from the channel - best relaxation during hot summer days.
Time: 12pm - 1.00 pm slt(second life time)
Dress code: visiting clothes
Taxihttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Midnight%20Sun/153/179/25
You are welcome to enjoy some nice conversations and entertainment by the Geiko and Maiko of Hanafusa Okiya

10 July 2017

Kyo mai & Q&A with Maiko

Maiko Kikuyae(dark blue), Maiko Kikumaru (light blue with willow),
Maiko Kikutsuru(pink), Maiko Kikune(blue), Minarai Kikuteru(yellow)
 Yesterday, Kyoto Museum of Art and Culture held an event for patrons as well as those interested in Japanese culture. Young as well as veteran Maiko from Hanafusa okiya performed kyo mai dance and self written story. After guests we able to ask questions.
The main idea of this event is to spread the knowledge about Japanese traditional and modern culture as well as Kyoto's geiko tradition. Guests can also ask questions regarding hairstyles, types of kimono used in the performance, difference between rankings etc.This is good event for those interested in applying as a trainee as you can ask senior members of the okiya the questions that interest you.

In case you have not been able to come this time, do not worry! These events are usually held once or even twice a month. In case you whant to be informed about any kind of events held in Kyoto Kagai sim, Please contact Maiko Kikumaru(belliebeth) so that to be added into the group in-world as well as follow our blogs on Google plus and Blogspot. Don't forget about the thumbs up :)

9 July 2017

Evening ozashiki at Oume

Ozashiki
Another ozashiki took place in Kyoto Kagai. This evening Maiko Kikutsuru was a musician and created a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere with her skillful play on the koto. After the guests have settled, Maiko Kikuyae brought the tray with Kyoto Kaiseki dishes while Kikuteru san brought sake and expensive wines. It is important to for Minarai Kikuteru to watch and learn how every inch of work is done as she is quite soon to debut as
Maiko Kiktsuru playing the koto
Maiko. 
As well as enjoying their meal and good music, guests were delighted to speak with intelligent young Maiko. Starting clever conversations and keeping it alive is one of the hardest assets in Maiko and Geiko work as it requires knowledge in different aspects - traditional and modern art, Japanese culture, literature(Japanese as well as other), important events, politics, philosophy etc. I do not count the knowledge of Karyukai traditions as it is simply a must. As well as smart, ozahsiki conversations are to be relaxing rather then debates. Hard job, ne? :) Nevertheless, starting from early stages, maiko in Hanafusa okiya learn how to create an ideal conversation using all her knowledge and sense of humor to provide quality entertainment in Second life realm. 
After last ozashiki, the proprietress of the Oume received many requests from the visitors of her Wine Bar asking for more day and evening ozashiki. She has contacted Okaasan Kikuyu of Hanafusa okiya so to plan the ozashiki with maiko san of Hanafusa okiya, and it was decided that there will be 1 or 2 weekly, depending on the month. 

8 July 2017

(Sunday 9th of July ) Kyo mai & Q&A with Maiko

Maiko from Hanafusa okiya during the annual Kyo Odori
performance. 
Have you dreamed of ever becoming a maiko? or enjoying the beautiful dance and culture?
we welcome you to a relaxing hour with us in our Museum of art and culture. The maiko of Hanafusa will perform for you and after you may ask them questions about their career and choice to become a maiko, geiko apprentice.

❀ When? Sunday 9th 10.20 am slt
❀ 1hour duration
❀ Dress code - informal ( but not shorts or tank tops full clothing)
❀Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Midnight%20Sun/212/174/25

2 July 2017

Ozashiki Memories

Ozashiki
As well as Kyoto Kagai sim, Hanahusa ochaya never closes its gates. Now is quite a busy season, with lots of ozashiki and open air picnics. Ochaya staff needs to plan every event with precise care: how should the tokonoma in the ozashiki room be decorated, what scroll to use, what courses should be served(if ozashiki in ochaya it will definitely be Kyoto Kaiseki with seasonal delicacies and if picnic that it can be less formal type of food), what types of refreshments are to be bought, what type of sake bottle to use as well as what sake cups, which maiko and geiko to invite for the banquet.
Maiko Kikune during her dance
This Saturday was no different as Hanahusa ochaya held ozashiki for the guests and patrons of Kyoto Kagai sim. Maiko Kikutsuru has entertained guests with shamisen music while Maiko Kikumaru, Maiko Kikune and Minarai Kikuteru served guests with refreshing mugicha(barley tea) and Miyagawacho "flying" sake. In case our guests felt too hot, they had an option of choosing an uchiwa(summer fan). When the meals were eaten, Maiko Kikune performed her first dance performance as Ichinmae maiko (Ichiname is stage of maiko when she passes 1 year after the debut). From now on, my dear readers, we will see much more of Kikune san as performer as well as musician.

29 June 2017

Ozashiki at Hanahusa 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 Saturday 1st of July. 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 other refreshing beverages served by maikos of Hanafusa okiya
Date: Saturday 17th of June
Time: 12 pm slt

27 June 2017

Museum Event in Kyoto Kagai

Minarai Kikuteru during the Kyo mai dance
Performing 
Kyoto Kagai sim's life never stops, no matter the weather or holidays. As well as in real life kagai, we also hold performances for tourists and those who want to know more about the Japanese traditions as well as maiko and geiko culture. They are held in Kyoto Museum and usually consists of two parts: first part is a poem or a story accompanied by a kyo mai dance. It is one of maiko san duties to write good poetry and stories as well as a dance to fit it. The second part, guests can ask maiko or  geiko questions. Questions are usually regarding training and careeer: starting from hair and kanzashi hairpins, tips about choosing a perfect kimono, favorite shops, lessons at nyokoba school, favorite second life places etc. to "how to be as perfect" and sisterhood relations in okiya.
Maiko Kikune during the dance
This is a good way for new residents and guests to meet maiko san and admire their talents. For the convenience of our guests, these events are held on Sundays, once or sometimes twice a month 10.20 am slt. Performers are members of Hanafusa okiya. Arare sight - senior maikos, that are not far from their erikae perform side by side with newly debuted young maikos.
We are always happy to meet new people that come to our performances. So do not be shy next time, come to Museum event and enjoy the amusing dance and charming looks of maiko san from Hanafusa okiya.

15 June 2017

Ozashiki at Hanahusa 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 Saturday 17th of June. 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: Saturday 17th of June
Time: 12 pm slt
Here is your taxihttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Midnight%20Sun/220/44/25

14 June 2017

Ozashiki at Oume

Maiko at Ozashiki

Not only Hanafusa okiya maiko perform at Hanahusa ochaya. During weeks there are ozashiki also at Oume - high class wine restaurant where maiko san serve and dance for guests same as during saturday ozashikis. Here guests can enjoy expensive types of wines and converse with intelligent yet humble maiko or geiko.
This ozashiki was provided by the proprietress of the Oume, whi invited Maiko Kikutsuru as oldest maiko, two younger maikos Kikune and Kikuyae and Minarai Kikuteru. Oneesan Maiko Kikutsuru played shamisen and provided the music accompaniment for the ozashiki. Younger maiko and minarai chatted with guests, alongside learning the way of perfect behavior from their older sister. They watched her moves and way she speaks, so that in the future teach their imoutos the ideal way of being a maiko.


11 June 2017

Ozashiki at Hanahusa ochaya (Saturday 10th of June)

Maiko Kikumaru during her dance
Yesterday Hanahusa ochaya held an ozashiki for the members of the hanamachi. This was quiet yet cozy event: ochaya commissioned traditional Japanese summer sweets, cold types of tea and unique Miyagawacho "flying" sake. Maiko Kikune and Kikuyae served guests with great care while young Maiko Kikuteru, who debuted not far back in time, was to "look and learn".
After the guests have finished their meal, candles were lit and Maiko Kikumaru performed poetical dance called "The fan of Lady Izumi"(both poem and dance is created by her).
Though it was a simple event, it is great honor to entertain such a delightful audience. In every dace, in every sake cup, in any move maiko or geiko share their love and admiration for the profession, even in sl...

9 June 2017

Okiya News!

Dear guests and readers of my blog,
I am happy to announce that Maiko Kikune of Hanafusa okiya is now ichinimae maiko, meaning that she has stepped into her second year as a Maiko san. She will have different kanzashi from her younger sisters, Kikushino and Kikuyae, yet no ones that her older sisters wear. Also she will have difference in make up from her neechans..Well, let me explain this to you, using pictures of our little summer star ^^
Maiko Kikune in 1st year maiko attire
On this picture you can see Junior Maiko Kikune as a Haninmae or 1st Year Maiko, same as Maiko Kikushino and Kikuyae. Her hairdo is called wareshinobu, decorated with seasonal kanzashi. She is wearing a "dangling" part, that resembles her young stature. Her make up has lots of pink and has only the lower lip painted.
Her duty is mostly to serve food and drinks, welcoming guests at ozashiki; rarely dance as they need to learn all dances by heart. And that does take a lot of time. Right before a maiko changes rank, she can be allowed to wear clothes from the
next rank. Here we see young maiko
Maiko kikune in her 2nd year attire
wearing more senior kimono.
On the second picture you can see Kikune san as she is now, ichinmae maiko or second year maiko. She is still wearing her wareshinobu hairdo and she'll continue wearing it till her mizuage. If you look at the kanzashi, the "dangling" part is missing. Also you can notice that her upper lip is painted. Though, lips are not as big are of Maiko Kikutsuru or Maiko Kikumaru. Also she will have her eri(collar) decorated with more white, which will show that she is maturing. She is now also having more variety in semiformal outfits. Also she will start performing more at ozashikis. With new rank comes new responsibilities, but let us all wish her look as the hardest year is behind. Omedetou san dosu!

6 June 2017

June Kitsuke of Hanafusa okiya members

As the temperature is rising dramatically, The Geiko san and Maiko san of Hanafusa okiya change
their warm lined hikizuri to unlined ones. Their everyday wardrobes have changed too - now you can meet a maiko, walking to her lessons at Nyokoba, wearing a nice summer yukata with a summer  fan, called uchiwa, in her hand...

Geiko Kikuyu
Okaasan Kikuyu in her June semiformal attire
For June, Okaasan Kikuyu has chosen a light green susohiki that fades into white near the hem. This susohiki has a special effect - it gives you the feeling of freshness and has a cooling effect on your mind and body. Near the hem we can see the white juban with red flowers. This style of juban is only used by mature geiko san.
The obi sash is black with golden and orange geometrical pattern. It is tied in a style called "drum"(taiko).
Her hair is decorated with a woden kushi, usually used for summer months and a maezashi hairpin. As you can recall from my previous posts, geiko san wear wigs, called Katsura, while maiko san wear hairdos made from their own hair.

Senior Maiko Kikutsuru
Senior Maiko Kikutsuru wearing her June semiformal attire
Kikutsuru san is wearing a multi seasonal bright green hikizuri made with shibori technique with hand-painted motifs of origami cranes, flowers and fans. This is an absolutely new hikizuri and she is the first to wear it. Her juban is red and features summer waves alongside seashells and sea stars.
Her obi is black, featuring summer flowers painted on fan shaped golden backgrounds.
In her hand she is holding her kago basket that has a goldfish trinket and goldfish pattern.
Her hairdo is called Ofuku and is decorated with seasona ajisai kanzashi. This month has two flowery symbols - willow tree and ajisai(hydrangea flowers).
Let's also remember that this is the last year of Kikutsuru as a Maiko. Next year at this time she will be wearing a beautiful Geiko's susohiki, meaning she will be a geiko san. Susohiki and hikizuri is the same style of Kimono worn, by both Geiko and Maiko. what makes the two different, is that in the style of a Geiko hikizuri/susohiki the shoulder nor sleeve area have tucks, the sleeves are also shorter, they reach to about the hips or upper thighs of the Geiko. The Maiko's susohiki/hikizuri have tucks in the shoulders, as well as tucks in the sleeves, the sleeves is also very long reaching nearly to the ankle of the maiko.

Senior Maiko Kikumaru
Senior Maiko Kikumaru wearing her June semiformal attire
As June is quite a hot month, Maiko Kikumaru has chosen a white hikizuri with a blue dew on grass pattern all over. It is called Tsuyushiba. As one younger maiko said: "It looks like clouds on the sky". Her Juban has a spring/summer/autumn pattern.
It is held by the long Darari obi, that is a Hakata obi in the Kenjo gera design (that type of obi design has length-wise stripes). In the end of the obi you can see the mon (crest) of Hanafusa okiya.
In her hands she is holding blue kago with star trinket and small stars painted on the kago itself.
She has the same hairstyle as her oneesan, Maiko Kikutsuru but as Kikumaru san is younger, the kanoko on her ofuku is pink. It is decorated with similar ajisai kanzashi as the hairdo of her oneesan.

Junior Maiko Kikune
Maiko Kikune has become ichinmae maiko. You can read about it >here<
Junior Maiko kikune wearing her semiformal June attire
Maiko Kikune san is now a second year maiko so not only her looks but also her wardrobe has been changed. Now she can wear more elaborate and "mature" hikizuri like this subtle green, that has pattern only on her left shoulder.
Her juban is multiseasonal, with decorative flowers and willow. Her obi is black with butterfly pattern. This is another innovation in her carrier - she is allowed to use darker colors, like black. ( which all ranks may wear occasionally, but it is always preferred bright colours on younger apprentices)
As she is still jr Maiko, her hairdo is the same as it was before, it is called Wareshinobu. While senior Maiko can choose between willow and hydrangea kanzashi, Junior maiko do not have this choice. That is why Kikune san's hair is crowned with willow kanzashi, though shorter than her young sisters.


Junior Maiko Kikushino
Junior Maiko Kikushino wearing her semiformal attire
Junior Maiko Kikushino wearing her semiformal attire
Young Maiko Kikushino is wearing an extremely summertime hikizuri - it features hydrangea, lilies and water handicapped motifs. Her juban is similar to her neesans and features decorative flowers.
Her obi is beige and is decorated with hydrangea flowers and some geometrical motifs.
In her hands she is holding a similar kago as her oneesan, Maiko Kikutsuru, but this has a different color.
Her hairdo is Wareshinobu(same as Kikune san) and it is decorated with willow kanzashi. She is still a 1st year maiko so she has to use the "dangling" kanzashi. These dangling type of kanzashi are childish in style and are to show the young stature of maiko.

Junior Maiko Kikuyae
Junior Maiko Kikuyae wearing her June semiformal attire
Junior Maiko Kikuyae wearing her June semiformal attire
The youngest maiko of Hanafusa okiya, Maiko Kikuyae is wearing white with orange geometrical figures in a shibori styled hikizuri. Her juban is similar to Kikutsuru san's and it is a very Summertime in style.
Her Obi has an orange background with dew on grass pattern. Her Orange obi fits the orange geometrical figures on the hikizuri.
Her hair is styled in the traditional junior maiko hairdo. Her kanzashi are willow styled ones and are similar to Kikushino neesan.
In a short time, Kikuyae chan will become 2nd year maiko. Until than she will be decorating her hair with dangling kanzashi and painting only lower lip.

Minarai Kikuteru
Young Minarai Kikuteru
The youngest member of Hanafusa okiya, Minarai Kikuteru, who has debuted less than two weeks ago is now starting to get more involved in the life of the Karyukai. She is already invited to the ozashiki alongside her older sisters to observe the job from the shortest distance. She will only get a few chances to dance for guests but she can help her older sisters with serving food and drinks to guests. She is also helping to guide the visitors of Kyoto kagai around the sim. Her mentor and older sister was chosen Maiko Kikutsuru.

Minarai Kikuteru in her June attire
In Miyagawacho, Minarai do not wear special minarai outfits all the time during the rank. In more or less 2 weeks from the minaraia,
she will start wearing the same hikizuri as Junior maiko does. Also in Miyagawacho Minarai san do not wear minarai kanzashi, but those worn by junior maiko. This time it is willow. Her hikizuri has a blue background with water and seashell game pattern. Her eri is almost fully red with a beautiful auspicious crane pattern. This should bring her luck on the path she has chosen.




28 May 2017

Minarai Kikuteru(Hanafusa Okiya)

Minarai Kikuteru during her Minaraia celebrations in Hanahusa ochaya
Every time i see a new girl debuting as minarai it makes me rejoice as never before. Seeing a new soul that has chosen the path of apprentice and Kyoto Kagai sim as her home is like a new start appearing in the sky - bright little dot who has a long way before her until she becomes a gorgeous and magnificent sun ...Until she becomes a geiko...
Yesterday, a young minarai took her first step into the "Flower and Willow world". Many of you, my dear readers, might not agree with me. You might say "This is not first step, she has been shikomi for nearly three month and shikomi is first rank?!". I would smile and disagree. Indeed, when a girl come to the okiya she gets involved in the life of Karyukai, but more inner, more"domestic" should i say. She helps her older sisters and does chores;  classes are taken so to prepare her for the future career. BUT. She does not go to ozashiki with her sisters neither is she know around the hanamachi. And most important - she has not gained her "geimei" or stage name. This specific part, i should say is most important. When times comes and girl is ready to debut as minarai, Okaasan chooses a perfect name for her - the one that should contain family name (Hanafusa okiya has "Kiku" part), part of girls own name and part of her oneesan's name. Also it has to resemble with girls nature and should bring luck, meaning it has to have auspicious number of charters. After she was given a new name and is presented(it is similar ceremony ot the one held when girl debuts as Maiko, "Misedashi" walking rounds), from that essential moment she starts playing her role in the life of the karyukai. Indeed this role is small, but that is until she debuts as maiko ,which i must say, is not far away in time from now.
As for now, let us all welcome is delicate flower and wish her luck on her path. Her mentor-to-be was chosen Senior Maiko Kikutsuru, who is also oneesan of Kikumaru, Kikune and Kikushino so there is no doubt that with a good teacher as is Kikutsuru san, little Kikuteru will learn to be the proud maiko from Hanafusa okiya.
"Omedetou san dosu Kikuteru chan. You Okaasan and sisters are proud of you"

27 May 2017

Minaraia in Hanahusa ochaya

Dear guests and partrons,
We would like to invite you to special ozashiki that will be hold in Hanahusa ochaya this Saturday. 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: Saturday 27th
Time: 12 pm slt
Hanahusa Ochayahttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Midnight%20Sun/220/44/25

24 May 2017

Miharu chan has passed her Exam!

Shikomi Miharu happily entering the Hanafusa okiya after the exam
I am honored to announce that shikomi Miharu passed her Dance exam and theory. Soon she will be known under a new name… Kiku… have a guess if you like. Her Minarai debut is yet to be announced but i bet it's going to be really soon :)

Omedetou san dosu Miharu chan!
Your okaasan, oneesan and neesan wish you luck and prosperity and promise to help you on you path of becoming a beautiful flower of Karyukai!

Application for Hanafusa Okiya

Front row sitting: Maiko Kikutsuru and Maiko Kikumaru
Back row standng: Maiko Kikushino, Maiko Kikuyae,
Minarai Miharu and Maiko Kikuno
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? Than Contact Maiko Kikutsuru of Hanafusa (Miehina resident)
Taxi:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Midnight%20Sun/144/105/25

23 May 2017

7Seas Fishing at Kyoto Kagai

Dear guests and patrons,
We are happy to announce that Kyoto Kagai will be holding fishing contests. For those who dont know, here is  >official web page< of the game. From now on, every Monday and Thursday at 5 am slt there will be a contest with pot of lindens to win by 5 lucky fishers. Also it is rare event during which you can meet maiko san from Hanafusa okiya.
Here is you rickshaw to the event: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Midnight%20Sun/132/199/25

22 May 2017

Kyo mai event at Kyoto Museum

Maiko san during their dance
Just one days ago, Maiko san from Hanafusa okiya performed several dances and answered questions at Kyoto Museum. This is monthly event during which guests or those who are interested in applying, can ask different questions regarding their traditional careers, looks or any other information regarding Japanese culture.
Performers: Senior Maiko Kikutsuru, Senior Maiko Kikumaru, Junior Maiko Kikune, Junior Maiko Kikushino and Junior Maiko Kikuyae. Minarai-to-be shikomi Miharu warmly greeted guests and helped them with their seats.
from left to right: Maiko Kikushino(purple), Maiko Kikutsuru(green with irises), Maiko Kikune in the center, Maiko Kikumaru(pink) and Maiko Kikuyae(pale green with flowers)

15 May 2017

Sunday 21st of May - Kyo mai & Q&A with Maiko

Have you dreamed of ever becoming a maiko? or enjoying the beautiful dance and culture?
we welcome you to a relaxing hour with us in our Museum of art and culture. The maiko of Hanafusa will perform for you and after you may ask them questions about their career and choice to become a maiko, geiko apprentice.

10.20 am slt
1hour duration
dress code - informal ( but not shorts or tank tops full clothing)

14 May 2017

Ozashiki in Hanahusa Ochaya

Senior Maiko Kikutsuru playing koto and entertaining guests with music

Yesterday Maiko san from Hanafusa okiya entertained guests during Sunday ozashiki at Hanahusa ochaya. Delicious kyoto kaiseki dishes were served alongside with refreshments. The weather is changing rapidly - it is already summer in Kyoto Kagai sim.
During the time when guests enjoyed their meal, Senior Maiko Kikutsuru san played the koto.
Junior Maiko Kikune. It is her last ozashiki as 1st year maiko. She will soon paint her both lips
Maiko Kikumaru serving guests with Kaiseki dishes

6 May 2017

May Kitsuke

Okaasan Geiko Kikuyu

For May Okaasan Geiko Kikuyu has decided that she will wear light purple beautiful susohiki with geometrical pattern. As i said before, its a rare sight to see a geiko wearing susohiki with this type of pattern, but it happens from time to time, for example yabane(arrow shaft/arrow feathers), multi flowers and stripes or little snowflakes. This susohiki reminds us of wisteria that is now in full bloom.
This marvelous susohiki is accompanied by silver obi with small flowers of purple and orange. Material is best silk with woven flower patterns.
Geiko Kikuyu's juban(or thin kimono that is worn under the susohiki) is pink with spring flowers painted on it. Only Geiko san can wear it - maiko san have to use red colored ones.

Senior Maiko Kikutsuru


For this month maiko Kikutsuru has
chosen soft pink hikizuri with hand-painted motif. Textile is exquisite silk and has soft and comfortable touch. This hikizuri has flower of wisteria hand-painted on it.
The darari obi is longer than the one worn by Geiko Kikuyu; it is also tied in a special knot, worn only by maiko. It has dyed wisteria flower pattern on a black background and it suits the hikizuri well.
Her hairstyle is called ofuku(as you remember it is hairstyle of Sr Maiko) and is decorated with senior maiko kanzashi featuring iris flower; this is seasonal and is worn only during this month.


Senior Maiko Kikumaru 

For May Kikumaru san is wearing fabulous sweet pink hikizuri with hand-painted flowers and string knots motifs. It is linned and can be worn before summer heat comes.
Her obi is decorated with wisteria  flower pattern on pure white background. End of the obi has okiya mon or emblem(as every family in japan, all okiya and yakata in have their own emblems too) which means she comes from this family - Hanafusa okiya. 
Her hairstyle is same as Kikuturu san's as they both are senior maikos and is decorated with seasonal iris flower kanzashi.

Junior Maiko Kikune

NOTE! Starting from June Maiko Kikune will be ichiname(second year maiko) - she will cut the shidare from her kanzashi and from than on she will be painting her upper lip. 
Omedetou san dosu Kikune san!

Beautiful Kikune san is wearing very colorful green hikizuri with hand-painted flowers and butterflies - a true springtime flower.

Her lovely darari obi is purple with beautiful woven butterfly pattern.
Maiko Kikune's hairstyle is called Wareshinobu and is decorated with shidare kanzashi, composed by long chains of silk flowers. This month her kanzashi represent the trailing blossoms of wisteria that is in bloom now.

Junior Maiko Kikushino

Jr Maiko Kikushino is wearing light purple color hikizuri with painted shells (hand-painted by talented kimono artist). These are not just simple clam shells from the beach, but special painted ones for the ancient heian court game called Kaioke or hokkai and is played with 360 double-valved shells (kai), half of the shells enclosed a poem,  the other half a drawing which corresponded to it; the shells were distributed one by one and the goal was to match the poem with the drawing; whoever was left with an ‘orphan’ lost the game.
Her darari obi is golden with beautiful wisteria flowers pattern. Fact! Maiko's Darari obi is 7 meters long and needs to be tied specially.

Junior Maiko Kikuyae

The youngest maiko in the Hanafusa okiya, Maiko Kikuyae, is wearing wearing springtime hikizuri with sakura pettals and flowers hand-painted on the subtle green backround. The material is silk.
Her eri is mostly red and is decorated with woven butterlies on the red background.
The darari obi of this young maiko has a wave pattern on the pueple background and fits well to hikizuri.
As she is still Jr Maiko, her hairtyle is Wareshinobu - same as her older sisters. The hairstyle is crowned with wisteria blossom kanzashi. She is so cute ^-^

4 May 2017

Have you ever dreamed 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 interesting in starting your journey in a close family such as Hanafusa, that focus on realism and quality.
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2 May 2017

Kyo Odori 2017 Memories

One of most important events in the life of Miyagacho Hanamachi and its maiko is annual Kyo odori. Preparations start several months before the actual event - program, outfits, props, dances, backdrops etc. everything is being prepared for the grand event of Spring. This year's Kyo odori was special for several reasons - first of all, it was first performance of Miharu chan, who soon is to debut as minarai in Hanafusa okiya. Secondly, this was last Kyo odori for Kikutsuru san as Maiko; next spring we will see her as fully fledged geiko san.



This years performers :
Hanafusa okiya:
Geiko Kikuyu
Sr Maiko Kikutsuru
Sr Maiko Kikumaru

Jr Maiko Kikune
Jr Maiko Kikushino
Jr Maiko kikuyae

Shikomi Miharu(was allowed to perform as soon she will debut as minarai)

Before the odori, traditional tea ceremony was performed. Okasan Geiko Kikuyu was otemae and prepared the tea, while Maiko Kikuyae was ohikae and severved the guests with special treats and tea.

Here are photos from the 5th annual Kyo odori(created by Maiko Kikuyae):

Act 1:

Maiko walking towards their appointments along the Higashiyama Ku. Younger maiko walking behind the Senior ones. Everyone is hurrying...Hope fill their hearts of the evening as their mind anticipate fun games, interesting conversations and hopefully perfectly performed dances.


Act 2:

Maiko are gathered in the tatami room, arrived for their appointments, ready to perform...They fill the room with gazing eyes and dreaming minds as they present self written poems giving the mind images of the spring. 
During the dance Maiko san hold sakura branches to represent beauty of the springtime.  
The dressings of the senior and junior maiko are copis of rl Kyo odori wear of Miyagawacho maiko and geiko.




 Act 3:

This kabuki play tells us a story that took place in Yoshiwara quarters during the Meiji era Japan. In one of the yukaku rooms, young women are talking about the amazing possibility of becoming high ranking courtesan. Would that bring them happyness?... 


Act 4:

A fresh Oiran(high ranking courtesan) is preparing for the walk of her life that she wished for. She hoped this day would come since she entered the yukaku...
But it seems that this life is not proving to be a dream...



Act 5:

With fan of silver and red, maiko san of Hanafusa okiya enter the stage in their most formal outfits, worth more than a house in today's money. Their dance represent the story of maiko's thought and regrets before becoming full fledged geiko(geisha)
                   
Act 6:

Long black hair is this dance called, or Kurokami, a dance performed by maiko in their formal stage before becoming geiko and by "fresh geiko". As this Kyo odori was last for Kikutsuru san as maiko, it was decided that she will perform this magnificent and magestic dance before the audience...

Act 7:

The dance that crowns the Kyo Odori is called Miyagawa ondo as is performed by every miyagawacho maiko who participated in the odori. Younger maiko san dance on the special platform at the back, while seniors dance in the front. 
This is most traditional ending of the odori.

30 April 2017

(TODAY) Kyo odori at 11 am slt

As the flower petals cover the grounds, and the blooming has passed, a different kind of flower will show itself on stage of the Miyagawacho Kaburenjo - Kyo Odori the annual Spring dance performed by the geiko and maiko of Miyagawacho Hanamachi will be held this Sunday 30th - the tea ceremony starts already from 11 am slt.
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25 April 2017

Kyo Odori reservations/bookings - for Kyo Odori Sunday 30th April

As the flower petals cover the grounds, and the blooming has passed, a different kind of flower will show itself on stage of the Miyagawacho Kaburenjo - Kyo Odori the annual Spring dance performed by the geiko and maiko of Miyagawacho Hanamachi will be held this Sunday 30th - the tea ceremony starts already from 11 am slt.
We have now Bookings available - 2 rooms upstairs - 250 lindens
and reservations if you should wish downstairs to be sure.
For booking please contact Maiko Kikutsuru(Miehina).
We hope you will enjoy the Kyo odori 2017 as this will be last for Senior maiko Kikutsuru(who is soon to become geiko) and first for a new member, who is to debut right before your eyes...
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20 April 2017

Heian Jingu Reitaisai Hono Buyou at Kyoto Kagai sim

Several days ago Maiko of Hanafusa okiya performed special dances at the Kitano Tenmangu shrine. For those who couldn't come Miharu chan made several amazing photoshots ^^