26 February 2017

Application Hanafusa Okiya - Open



Do you like to be a member of Hanafusa okiya?

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)

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.

we have limited space left.

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25 February 2017

February Kitsuke

Geiko Kikuyu


For this first month of spring, Okaasan Kikuyu decided on susohiki with flowery pattern all over the green background. Accompanied by golden obi, the whole outfit looks extremely spring-time. Her eri(collar) is pure white without any embroidery, meaning she is a grown woman and artist.
Her juban(underskirt) is pink, different from the ones worn by Maiko. Her hair is a wig(katsura) decorated with expensive ornaments such as kushi(comb) and small maezashi pin.

Senior Maiko Kikutsuru


Maiko Kikutsuru, oneesan of Kikumaru and Kikune, has chosen dark purple hikizuri with hand-painted peony flowers and butterflies. Obi sash is green with golden fans skilfully painted. Her collar is almost fully covered with white embroidery, only a small part on the back is left red. 
Her hair is decorated with seasonal kanzashi. February is the month of Plum blooming across Japan, so the kanzashi of this month are made to look like plum blossoms.

Senior Maiko Kikumaru



For February Maiko Kikumaru has chosen pale green hikizuri with special hand painted design - it has fans with different springtime (sakura, plum etc.) and several summertime flowers(iris etc.). This means that this hikizuri can we worn not only during spring but also in the beginning of summer. Obi is orange, with green fans painted. 
Her hairstyle is called Ofuku and is decorated with plum blossom kanzashi(same as Kikutsuru san but different color). 


Junior Maiko Kikune


Young Maiko Kikune is wearing beautiful deep green hikizuri with multiseasonal pattern. Her obi is same as her oneesan, Maiko Kikutsuru, but in different color. 
Her hair is decorated with seasonal kanzashi that are different from the ones worn by Senior Maiko - the ones worn by Maiko Kikune feature small blossoms while Maiko Kikutsuru and Kikumaru are wearing 1 big blossom. Also you can notice that Kikune chan is wearing flower bridge while senior Maiko san wear combs.

Junior Maiko Kikushino


For February Maiko Kikushino decided to wear white based hikizuri with plum blossom flowers which is accompanied by yellow obi. Her eri is red with white embroidery as she is still a young Maiko san. 
Her hairstyle is wareshinobu and is decorated with seasonal kanzashi although different in color.
Juban is always red for a maiko, with seasonal pattern.
On her feet she wears white tabi and she has spare pair in her kago basket.

Junior Maiko Kikuyae


The youngest Maiko in Hanafusa okiya, Maiko Kikuyae, has decided to wear deep purple hikizuri. The desing of it is exquisite - you can see tree covered with snow and little snowflakes falling while several plum branches are blooming. This hikizuri is specially reserved for February. Her obi is green with geometrical pattern.
Maiko Kikuyae is a young maiko so she is wearing red eri (collar) with little of white embroidery. If you look closely she has cranes embroidered on her eri - an auspicious motif.

18 February 2017

Museum Event in Kyoto Kagai

The Museum of culture and art will be opened for the first time this year. The Museum employees have dusted away all the dust that had filled it during the holiday.
What happens?
Maiko san will perform skillfully for you before you may ask questions about their lifestyle, this event last 45 - 50 minutes. and starts at 10.20 am slt. After you are welcome to explore the exhibition and enjoy a walk around the Kyoto city region.
Day - Sunday
Date- 19th of february
Time - 10.20 am slt.

15 February 2017

February Ozashiki Memories

From left to right:
Sr Maiko Kikutsuru(dark purple and shamisen),
Sr Maiko Kikumaru(red), Junior Maiko Kikune(green) and
Jr Maiko Kikuyae(purple with plum blossoms)
Several days ago we had fist springtime ozashiki in Hanahusa ochaya. A day before ozashiki, one patron asked me question that might interest You, my dear readers, too:"Springtime? Its still February - the last month on winter?!" Well, in Japanese seasonal calendar February is the first month of spring as starting from this time Momo or plum start to bloom. In some parts of Japan there is still snow and the plum trees bloom with red or pink blossoms,reminding us that soon spring will win over.

Sr Maiko Kikumaru during the dance



It was great pleasure to welcome so many new guests and also the sim patrons. Maiko Kikuyae and Maiko Kikune, although they are still 1st year maikos, served food and drinks quite skilfully, not spilling a drop of sake or soup. Maiko Kikutsuru impressed the ozashiki guests with her talented shamisen play. After every patron and guest has eaten, Maiko Kikumaru danced a dance, called "Only ancient willow tree knows the truth".




11 February 2017

Ozashiki in Hanahusa ochaya TODAY

Dear Guests and Patrons of Kyoto Kagai sim,

It is with great pleasure to invite you to the springtime ozashiki of Hanahusa ochaya on Saturday 11th of February. Come and celebrate the breathtaking but short lasting beauty of blooming plum trees with the shamisen music and the sound of silk sleeves. You'll be offered special Miyagawacho "flying" sake and delicious green tea served by maikos of Hanafusa okiya.

Time of arrival: 12pm slt
Dress code: Semiformal

6 February 2017

Minarai Kikuteru

Minarai Kikuteru in her summer attire
Watashi no namae wa Miharu desu.
    私の名前は三春です
I am a minarai of Hanafusa Okiya, run by the very kind and respectable Okaasan Geiko Kikuyuu.


Miharu was an only child until she reached the age of five. Her mother and father worked hard to earn a good living, so raising a family financially was never a problem.
Her mother, Rin, worked at the Ototoya seafood restaurant in Otsu, only nine or so minutes from Kyoto station.
Daddy Toru worked in town. During the week, he taught at the local junior high school and at the weekends, helped out with a new food delivery service to elderly Kyotoite residents.
He was always charitable and had a good relationship with many business owners and their clients.
By 'business owners' I mean also the owners of a few Ochaya (teahouses) around the Gion district.
After Mihachan's little sister was born, Miharu started to feel as if her parents were spending all their attention...her parents loved both children as equal as eachother, even if it didn't seem so.
This is where Hanafusa okiya came into play. Mihachan had an (perhaps unhealthy) obsession with Geiko.
Always trying to steal a glimpse one of these elusive and dignified women...what must it be like to be one..how could she be like them?
Miha's father always told her to stay in school so she would be well educated, and much on her way to choosing what she wanted to do...perhaps move into further education; since her parents didn't own their own businesses and needed no heir.
She, of course, wished so much to be a Geiko. To meet and become like these women of the flower and willow world.
Both parents weren't too keen on the idea, but daddy Toru promised Miharu that if she graduated, he would make sure personally, that he and her mother help Miha achieve her dream.
He stayed true to his word, Miharu graduated her junior school and even at fifteen years of age, where she should perhaps have been wanting to date boys and hang out with her friends...she enrolled with the support from her mother and father, in the Miyagawacho Hanafusa Okiya.

New Shikomi at Hanafusa okiya - Miharu chan

Shikomi Miharu(photo by her)

Dear readers of Hanafusa okiya blog,

I'm happy to announce that Okaasan Kikuyu has accepted a new trainee. Her name is Miharu chan.She has already started her training and she did help her sisters during the Setsubun 2017 celebrations by welcoming patrons and guests and helping them with their seats.

Lets all together wish her good luck on the path she has chosen!


5 February 2017

Setsubun 2017 at Yasaka Jinja

Setsubun is the day preceding risshun that is the first day of spring according to the old Japanese calendar. On the day of Setsubun, many celebrations are held. Especially in Kyoto Kagai SL. Maiko san and Geiko san of Hanafusa okiya, dressed in their formal attire, danced sacred dances on the stage of the Yasaka Jinja shrine. After the dance, they participated in ancient auspicious custom of throwing roasted soybeans. While throwing they chanted: “In with Fortune! Out with Evil” in order to prevent evil ogres from entering the houses of tge guests and patrons of the Kyoto Kagai.
P.S. if you eat the same number of beans as your age you will have a year of good health! Itadakimasu!!

Participants: Okasan Kikuyu, Sr Maiko Kikutsuru, Sr Maiko Kikumaru, Jr Maiko Kikune, Jr Maiko Kikuyae abd our new shikomi Miharu(it was her first Setsubun, omedetou neechan!)
Photos: Jr Maiko Kikuyae

Hanafusa Okiya family togather with new member - Shikomi Miharu(pink kimono)

Posing for the poster....

Jr Maiko Kikuyae(left) and Sr Maiko Kikumaru(Right). Kikumaru san is oneesan and mentor of Maiko Kikuyae san

Setsubun 2017 in Yasaka Jinja(Kyoto Kagai sim) Poster. Made by Maiko Kikuyae

Shikomi Miharu(left), Jr Maiko Kikuyae(center) and Sr Maiko Kikumaru(right)
Sr Maiko Kikutsuru(left) and Okaasan Kikuyu(right). Geiko Kikuyu is oneesan of Maiko Kikutsuru
Okaasan Kikuyu and Jr Maiko Kikune

3 February 2017

Setsubun 2017 at Kyoto Kagai

Come and experience formally dressed Maiko perform in the Pavillion of Yasaka Jinja. After the performance you will be able to catch some of the beans the maiko throw out. remember eat 1 for every year you have on your back maybe an extra for good measure? 


Date - 4th of February
Time - 12pm slt
Event - Performance style - Setsubun
Duration - 45 minutes