Geisha by M@ssiP  on Flickr.
geiko Sayaka-san

Geisha by M@ssiP  on Flickr.

geiko Sayaka-san

maiko Tanefumi wearing Katsuyama hairstyle for Gion Matsuri - July 2014

i-r-o-k-e:

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Tomitae 富多愛

She is a 17-yr-old maiko from the Tomikiku okiya in the Gion Higashi district of Kyoto. In an effort to boost patronage and support for the karyukai, the Tomikiku teahouse is open to the public — most places have an invitation-only rule, so you cannot just show up and expect to be let in. Apparently the girls of the Tomikiku are known for their ability to speak English: the okamisan studied in England, where her mother’s cousin works as a Nihon-buyo teacher in London! So, wow, these ladies must be a big hit with both foreign and Japanese tourists.

Being interested in kimono and traditional music and dance, after graduating middle school, Tomitae moved from Hyougo prefecture to Kyoto to become a maiko. She debuted on October 11, 2011, and says that the maiko life is more than she ever dreamed. She acknowledges that here is a lot of uncertainty in any decision in life, and she considered going on to higher education, but protecting the history of geiko is what Tomitae-san is confident that she wants to do ^-^ She dances and plays the koto, which is a somewhat unusual instrument choice for a maiko.

It’s great to see a maiko so well adjusted and happy in this demanding profession. She is a strong and graceful girl, and I have a lot of confidence that she will stay on to become a very successful geiko.

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(Source: Yahoo! Japan)

Gion Matsuri by Kyoto_images on Flickr.maiko Satsuki

Gion Matsuri by Kyoto_images on Flickr.

maiko Satsuki

geisha-kai:

Many people ask me about the visual differences between Kyoto and Tokyo geisha. Let’s sum these up!

1. HAIRSTYLE

Both Kyoto and Tokyo geisha wear wigs but their hairstyles may differ a bit. Kyoto geisha wear only taka shimada:

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Tokyo geisha can wear both Taka Shimada or Tsubushi Shimada…

(via tsmskimonodrome)

Recently debuted maiko Kimitoyo with geiko Fumimari

Recently debuted maiko Kimitoyo with geiko Fumimari

maiko Fukuharu

maiko Fukuharu

Geisha by guhazel on Flickr.geiko Mihoko-san

Geisha by guhazel on Flickr.

geiko Mihoko-san

maiko Marika and Satsuki filming a new episode of KoiMaiko show

maiko-ayatsuki:

Great news for everyone! Starting this month,Miyajimacho Hanamachi will hold open ozashiki every Friday and Saturday evenings (GMT+1 timezone),and for July 25th we have scheduled a great performance of the famous Gion Matsuri festival! During the next period you will also be able to enjoy sight of maiko Umeyakko’s transition to geiko (sakkou and erikae) so please make come to Kanaderu Ochaya on IMVU during Friday/Saturday evenings to enjoy our performance and learn a bit more about the geisha world :)

maiko-ayatsuki:

Great news for everyone! Starting this month,Miyajimacho Hanamachi will hold open ozashiki every Friday and Saturday evenings (GMT+1 timezone),and for July 25th we have scheduled a great performance of the famous Gion Matsuri festival! During the next period you will also be able to enjoy sight of maiko Umeyakko’s transition to geiko (sakkou and erikae) so please make come to Kanaderu Ochaya on IMVU during Friday/Saturday evenings to enjoy our performance and learn a bit more about the geisha world :)