23 August 2017

Obon 2017

When August is in its peak, every child knows that it is time for Obon celebrations in Kyoto Kagai sim. What can be better than dressing up in a nice cotton yukata, tying a colorful obi sash and admiring the fireworks, accompanied with horror stories? Definitely nothing!
That is why every year Kyoto Kagai sim holds Obon where everyone can come and participate and learn about this traditional feast. First of all, there was a Bon Odori or "Bon Dance", a sacred dance performed only on this special occasion. After the dance, guests could take a snack at the near-standing food stalls, or participate in festival games: catching a goldfish, shooting, darts etc. This year, our guests and patrons could compete with maiko members of Hanafusa okiya. As fun progressed, Maiko Kikutsuru led everybody through the channel and park into a small house where the horror stories were told. Shivering! One of our guests, after the event, stated that she saw the ghost from the story...
I hope that you have enjoyed this years Obon and i hope you will join us on the next celebrations as well. If you want to receive information about the events invorld, please contact Maiko Kikumaru(belliebeth) inworld.

22 August 2017

Yukatakai in Kyoto Kagai sim

On Sunday 27th(august) Geiko and Maiko of Hanafusa okiya will perform in the Summer odori - Yukata Kai
You are welcome to come enjoy this 4 act performance.

Time of arrival: 10.55 am slt
Time odori begin: 11 am slt
Time odori ends: 12 pm slt

Pictures after are to be taken in the room between exit and theater audience room.
Maiko + Shikomi will attend photo shoot.
During performance you may take pictures as long as they do not interfere the performance

19 August 2017

(Tomorow)Obon celebrations at Kyoto Kagai sim

What can be better than an event where you can play games, win different prizes, eat delicious fatty and sweet stall foods, dance an ancient dance and when night comes gather with friends and tell scary stories?! Yes, its August and time for Obon celebrations in Kyoto Kagai sim.
This year celebrations are going to be enormous! Sooo many things to try, so many games to play and soo many stories to hear from memeber of Hanafusa okiya or maybe you know one as well?
Date: Sunday 20th of August
Time: 11 am slt
Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Midnight%20Sun/95/173/25

9 August 2017

(Saturday 12th of August) 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: 11.00 am slt - 12.00 pm slt(second life time)
Dress code: visiting clothes
Taxi: http://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

7 August 2017

Tanabata celebrations at Kyoto Kagai sim

As we are continuing to progress through summer, we would like to welcome you to our Tanabata celebrations on Tuesday 8th 10.30 am slt.
As well as continuing the thousand year tradition of celebration the union of two loving hearts, you will get a chance to interact with maiko san from Hanafusa okiya while admiring the gorgeous illumination along the banks of the river. And do not forget to hang a colorful stripe of paper with hand-written wish ^_^
Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Midnight%20Sun/38/147/26

6 August 2017

Misedashi of Kikuteru

Hajimemashite, watashi wa Kikuteru no Hanafusa
to moushimasu. 
Doozo yoroshiku onegaishimasu
Konnichiwa dear guests and readers of Hanafusa blog,
On this beautiful day i'm honored to announce the debut of Maiko Kikuteru. She has debuted under the wing of Maiko Kikutsuru, famous and talented maiko of Hanafusa okiya. Her Misedashi celebrations were grand and took several days and for those who couldn't join us but wished they could, i would like to describe this incredible but rare sight. 
For those who do not know what misedashi is, this is a formal debut of Maiko, literary means "open for business". New maiko is presented to hanamachi and the society. She wears formal regalia as well as her hair is styled in wareshinobu hairstyle with very special kanzashi, but i will write more detailed bit later. Anyway, this is one of the most important events after which girl is recognized not only okiya but the 
Day 1: San san kudo ceremony and public ozashiki
On the first day of Misedashi celebrations, before any ceremony is performed, early in the morning
Maiko Kikuteru chan went to hairdresser to have her hair styled into Seishooyoo Wareshinobu or Misedashi wareshinobu. In the back of this special hairstyle there is miokuri(bands of metal sticking out from the bottom of the bun). After she had returned to her home okiya, oneesan helped her to put her make up and draw three lines on the back of the neck.
San san Kudo ceremony between Maiko Kikutsuru and Maiko Kikuteru
After the make up was done, otokoshi (dresser) came to put on the formal kimono called Kuromontsuki(formal, black, crested kimono; most expensive type of kimono) with matching formal golden obi and with the okiya crest on the bottom. No obijime or obidome is worn. After everything has been prepared, okaasan brought a special box with distinguishable kanzashi: special hair ornaments of tortoiseshell called chirikan, tortoiseshell comb, two ougi bira kanzashi(silver, fan-shaped kanzashi with silver flutters hanging by rings) and expensive kanokodome.
After both Kikutsuru san and Kikuteru san were ready, Okaasan Kikuyu performed the San san kudo or bonding ceremony. As you may know, you can not be recognized in Karyukai without older sister or oneesan. This ceremony is performed by drinking from sake cups, 3 sips from each of 3 cups, shared with one you are being bond to. As you understand, this bond cannot be broken until one of
Posing for photographers near the Mouroku posters
the bonded dies or leaves the profession. So it is very serious!
After, newly bonded maiko san posed in front of the okiya near the mouroku(greeting posters), that were commissioned by friends and patrons of Hanafusa okiya. Than they slowly moved towards the Hanahusa ochaya where the pubic misedashi ozashiki were to take place. This one was opened for public and during it Maiko Kikuteru 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.

Day 2: Private ozashiki
Maiko Kikuteru preparing for her first dance as maiko
On this day, private ozahsiki was held. This was ozashiki, that is closed for the public, but you could came in case you have received a special invitation. Usually important people to okiya are being invited as well as good friends of the girl, who is now a newbie Maiko.
Due to the the fact that this event was private i cannot reveal the photos from this event or the names of the guests, but i can say that those were well known creators and designers in Second life, who help our okiya quite a lot.

Day 3: Greeting rounds
Last but not least, oneesan Maiko Kikutsuru took her young imouto Kikuteru chan to every ochaya, important establishments as well as important patrons. This is called the misedashi rounds and takes
Maiko Kikutsuru and Kikumaru preparing to leave
for the misedashi rounds
part usually on the 3rd day of misedashi celebrations.
This is performed to "enroll" the newbie maiko into the society, by introducing her to people that will play major part in her future life as part of the Hanamachi and Karyukai in whole. This way, Maiko Kikutsuru took the responsibility on young Kikuteru chan, and will help her on her way of becoming a perfect flower of the Kagai. She will teach her and take care of her as real older sister. And every time when her younger sister is blamed, oneesan Kikutsuru will take the blame on herself and regulate any conflict situation that might come up.
This is what a misedashi looked like for Kikuteru chan. She is now part of Hanafusa okiya, true and loving okiya establishment, where you can not only learn but also find true and loving family with many older and younger sisters....

2 August 2017

Hassaku 2017

Maiko Kikuyae(blue), Maiko Kikumaru(pink), Maiko Kikutsuru(green),
Maiko Kikune(orange), Minarai Kikuteru(purple)
1st day of August is always one of the most busy and important days for Hanafusa okiya members as this is day of Hassaku. It is similar to greeting round in winter(Shin Aishatsu) but, of course, there are several differences. Every year on this day, all okiya members dress up in their casual komon or iromuji and go on rounds, paying respects to teachers and establishments. Indeed it takes time to visit all important places and greet people that play important if not major part in the life of the okiya - kimono makers, local shop keepers, kanzashi makers, fan and prop maker etc.
So what do maiko san and geiko san wear for Hassaku rounds?(This is an answer to question of Anonymous, who typed his question in comments)
Gion Kobu: Maiko san and Geiko san from Gion Kobu hanamachi wear formal regalia (kuromontsuki with 5 crests of the okiya and formal obi, formal make up with 3 stripes, tortoise shell kanzashi alongside with august pampas hanakanzashi; in case or senior maiko hairstyle is called Yakko Shimada, while junior maiko wear their hair styled in Wareshinobu).

Hanafusa Maiko standing in the front of Hanafusa okiya
Gion Higashi: casual komon or iromuji, no make up, hairstyle: Wareshinobu or Ofuku
Kamishichiken: casual komon or iromuji, no make up, hairstyle: Wareshinobu or Ofuku
Miyagawacho: casual komon or iromuji, no make up, hairstyle: Wareshinobu or Ofuku
Pontocho: casual komon or iromuji, no make up, hairstyle: Wareshinobu or Ofuku
This is one of the best times to see the members of Kagai, as they flow through streets in small groups. This is also a good time for you to notice the changes that have occurred: who has become senior, who is now tying her obiage, who has returned to kagai etc.

1 August 2017

Misedashi of Maiko KIkuteru of Hanafusa okiya

"Hajimemashite, watashi wa Kikuteru no Hanafusa to moushimasu.
Doozo yoroshiku onegaishimasu"
It is a honor and pleasure to announce that Minarai Kikuteru will be a maiko this Friday, her 3 day celebration begins then.
On this special day, August 4th, at 11.20 am slt she will grace the Hanahusa ochaya in Miyagawacho Hanamachi.

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