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July Kitsuke
Okaasan Geiko Kikuyu
For hot summer ozashiki okaasan has chosen special light gradient hikizuri that goes from grey at the top to sea blue at the hem, giving the viewer a feeling of coolness - a good thing during hot days, ne?! The pattern is pampas grass, which is considered late summer - autumn plant. Susuki is usually found typically in the gravel beds alongside rivers, as well as wherever land is untended.
The obi belt is woven with simple motif on the golden background. Geiko san do not wear pocchiri or obidome, only a small knot.
Make up is subtle, less pink is used, lips fully painted and more of black signify that this is a mature geiko san.
The footwear worn by Kikuyu san is known as Sentrou Geta, and these are unique geta, worn only by geiko. Geiko as well as maiko do change to more comfortable zori or other type of geta in some cases.
Maiko Kikutsuru
This month Kikutsuru san had many appointments, that is why you may have seen her in different semiformal kitsuke. Today we will look at several outfits, Kikutsuru san has worn this month:
- elaborate stripe hikizuri with fan shaped design and flowers, tied firmly with green Darari obi, that has golden geometrical motif. Her hair is decorated with pink clematis hanakanzashi, small maezashi featuring clematis buds and a summer comb. Clematis is a rare summer kanzashi, yet it can be worn in June, July and August by senior maiko.
- burgundy red hikizuri with white waves, tied with long white Darari/hakata obi with red Kenjo gera design (that type of obi design has length-wise stripes). I should also mention the unique hanakanzashi Kikutsuru san s wearing with this outfit - a mini uchiwa which has Kikutsu san's name on it - a rare and specially commissioned piece!
- delicate pink hikizuri that features summer slower design, such as bell-flower, morning glory etc. The obi she is using is a twin obi of the obi worn by her imouto, Maiko Kikumaru, and has wheels and waves on a light yellow background. Not seen from this angle Kikutsuru's hairstyle is not ofuku but Katsuyama, worn by senior maiko during Gion Matsuri. You can also see special kanzashi, worn only during this time (motifs change yearly, and okiya have to commission new ones every time) This outfit and hair ornaments Kikutsuru san wore specially during the celebration of Gion Matsuri festival and will no longer use it.
Maiko Kikumaru
For July, Kikumaru san is wearing light blue hikizuri that has wheel and wave motif. The light background color of this hikizuri reminds of the cold spring waters coming from the mountains or event a summer sky and has a calming effect not only on the body but also
on the mind.
I have mentioned before that the Darari obi worn by Maiko Kikumaru has a twin and is worn by Maiko Kikutsuru. It is not unusual - if kimono of obi are beautiful no wonder okaasan wanted to have another one so it could be worn by her daughters.
In her hands she is holding brown kago bag that is embroidered with golden paulownia pattern. All Maiko and Geiko always carry one with them to their appointments - kimono/hikizuri have no pockets and during ozashiki Maiko/Geiko might need things such as spare tabi socks, fan, comb, lipstick, business cards etc. and this is when kago comes in handy.
Maiko Kikune
This month Kikune san is wearing most stunning and elaborate outfit.
Her dark purple hikizuri depicts pond with pure blue water and lilies growing in it. It is a pity that this masterpiece can only be worn in summer! The obi is simpler yet is also worth attention - it is ro with blue hydrangea flowers and hexagonal pattern.
In her hands she is holding special kago bag that she firstly used suring her misedashi - it has her name kanji embroidered with silver.
Kikune san hairstyle is wareshinobu and, as i have mentioned in my previous posts, Junior Maiko do not change their hairstyle right until the become seniors. Decorated with hanakanazashi that feature summer flowers and several small uchiwa, Kikune san looks like a living work of art!
Maiko Kikushino
During July you can see Maiko Kikushino wear bright green hikizuri with flower and butterfly design. Junior Maiko's outfits are always more colorful and eye catching, while senior Maiko use more mature and subtle ones.
It is tied with long Darari obi, that has geometrical motif of gold green and white.
The eri collar she is wearing has silk bobbins embroidered with white, green, yellow threads and, as you have noticed, has more red than Kikune san. In times of Mineko Iwasaki and before, the collars were step by step embroidered with more white thread till there was no more red, only ta the back. You can notice that Senior Maiko do not wear purely white collars - they are white from the embroidery at the front while geiko san wear simply white collars. Nowadays, Okiya own different styles of the collars for every stage and occasion.
This is her first Gion Matsuri as Maiko and she couldn't wait to wear her special Gion Matsuri kanzashi, that are same as her older sisters'.
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15.07.2018
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Konchiki ondo at Yasaka Jinja
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: Tuesday 17th of July
Time: 11.00 am slt
After the performance photos with Maiko san can be taken :)

Your taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kyoto/156/210/31

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July Kitsuke
Okaasan Geiko Kikuyu For hot summer ozashiki okaasan has chosen special light gradient hikizuri that goes from grey at the top to sea blue at the hem, giving the viewer a feeling of coolness - a good thing during hot days, ne?! The pattern is pampas grass, ...
July Kitsuke
July Kitsuke
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Konchiki ondo at Yasaka Jinja
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 Kyo...
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Summertime ozahsiki in Kyoto Kagai
We continue to hold weekly events for all admirers of the Japanese culture as well as guest of the Kyoto Kagai. The weather is already hot and humid but at our sim you can always find a cool place to rest and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, created by Maiko from Hanafusa okiya. Every aspect, from food to clothing of the maiko, is carefully selected for every occasion by the host.

We are always happy to see new guests as well as families with children at our sim and events:)

Want to know when there will be next event? Please feel free to IM Maiko Kikumaru(belliebeth) in SL
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Summertime ozahsiki in Kyoto Kagai
We continue to hold weekly events for all admirers of the Japanese culture as well as guest of the Kyoto Kagai. The weather is already hot and humid but at our sim you can always find a cool place to rest and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, created by Maiko ...
Summertime ozahsiki in Kyoto Kagai
Summertime ozahsiki in Kyoto Kagai
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Open-air events are back!
Summer season has already started in Japan and this means that summer activities are now available at Kyoto Kagai sim - open-air ozashiki on the Kamo river, beer garden events, gatcha, excursions and many many more are awaiting for you.
Let's enjoy this summer together!
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Open-air events are back!
Summer season has started in Japan and this means that summer activities are now available at Kyoto Kagai sim - open-air ozashiki on the Kamo river, beer garden events, gatcha, excursions and many many more are awaiting for you.  Let's enjoy this summer tog...
Open-air events are back!
Open-air events are back!
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June Kitsuke
Every month Okaasan Kikuyu chooses a perfect semi formal ensemble for each of her maiko daughters. She has to look carefully on the designs, styles, patterns as well as the personality of those who are to wear it, so to create an appropriate seasonal look.
Okaasan Geiko Kikuyu
For June, Okaasan Kikuyu has chosen a deep navy blue kimono with pattern, located on the hem and features geometrical motif. Perfect piece for a hot summer month!
Near the hem we can see the pink juban with red flowers. This type of juban is only used by geiko.
The obi sash is golden with woven scenery pattern. It is tied in a style called "taiko musubi obi" as it's look reminds us of the taiko drum.
Her hair is decorated with a wooden kushi, usually used for summer months and a seasonal maezashi hairpin. As you can recall from my previous posts, geiko san wear wigs, called Katsura styled in shimada style, while maiko san wear hairstyles (wareshinobu, ofuku etc.) made from their own hair. This "wig liberation" for Geiko took place not so long ago, in 1950 - 1960. Before that time, Geiko san had to make their hairstyles using their own hair (as nowadays maiko do).
Maiko Kikutsuru
Kikutsuru san is wearing light blue hikizuri with hand-painted motifs of water flow and peony flowers. As you can see, the styles of kimono worn by Geiko Kikuyu and Maiko Kikutsuru are quite significant: in the style of a Geiko kimono, the shoulder nor sleeve area have tucks; the sleeves are also shorter (as in tomesode, symbolizing maturity), they reach to about the hips or upper thighs of the Geiko. On the other side, Maiko hikizuri have tucks on the shoulders, as well as tucks in the sleeves (this shows that the girl needs still to "grow" into the kimono), not to mention that the sleeves are also very long, reaching nearly to the ankle of the maiko.
Her juban is red and features weeping willow.
The obi has beige background with bright flowers, leafs and geometrical figures.
Her hairdo is called Ofuku and is decorated with seasonal ajisai kanzashi. This month has two flowery symbols - willow tree as well as ajisai (hydrangea flowers) and maiko senior maiko can choose whichever they like more.
Maiko Kikumaru
For the second senior maiko of Hanafusa okiya, okaasan Kikuyu has prepared delicate pink hikizuri with summertime flowers and green obi with ajisai (hydrangea) leafs to fit. The darari obi is longer than the one worn by Geiko Kikuyu; it is also tied in a special knot, worn only by maiko san. 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.
On the top of the obi you can see red obiage which is tucked into. Juniors simply tie obiage upon, hiding the top of the obi.
As well as her oneesan's (older sister, mentor) her hairstyle is called ofuku yet her kanzashi are different - Kikumaru san decided to wear willow kanzashi that fit the color of the obi. Willow is usually worn by junior maiko, but some shops make designs that can be worn by senior maiko as well, even "longer" ones. Yes, seniors can wear longer versions of hanakanzashi during May (wisteria kanzashi) and June (willow kanzashi). They are almost as long as the ones worn by junior maiko, yet these are specifically created for seniors.
Maiko Kikune
Maiko Kikune has been been a maiko for about 2 years (her debut took place on July 15th 2016) and this means she is not far from becoming senior. In Miyagawacho, Maiko who are soon to become senior, are allowed to wear more elaborate and "mature" hikizuri several months prior actually becoming senior. This is what we see now - Kikune san is wearing subtle purple hikizuri with colorful chrysanthemum design. No designs at the chest area, meaning this hikizuri is worn by senior maiko members. It is tied with log Darari obi, that has golden pattern on the deep green background.
Her juban has small flowers and petals..
As she is still Junior Maiko (hairtyle will be changed on the day of her mizuage), 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.
Maiko Kikushino
For the youngest maiko of Hanafusa okiya, Maiko Kikushino, okaasan Kikuyu has chosen light blue hikizuri with pink and red peony design. The juban is similar to her senior sisters, featuring willow and flowers on the red silk.
Obi worn by Kikushino san has an orange background with golden thread embroidery. It holds the kimono tightly and fits the golden clouds on the hikizuri perfectly.
Her hair is styled in the traditional junior maiko hairdo known as Wareshinobu 9same as Kikune san). If we look at the kanzashi are willow styled ones and are similar to Kikune neesan but with dangling part attached to the hanakanzashi.
Her make up has more red and pink as she is still young in the profession. Also, as she is still 1st year maiko, she paints only her lower lip which means she is still a "baby".
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June Kitsuke
Every month Okaasan Kikuyu chooses a perfect semi formal ensemble for each of her maiko daughters. She has to look carefully on the designs, styles, patterns as well as the personality of those who are to wear it, so to create an appropriate seasonal look. ...
June Kitsuke
June Kitsuke
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