28 November 2014

Misedashi of Maiko Kikuno!

Hanafusa san no Kikuno san no Misedashi dosu. Yoroshi otanomoshimasu!
(This is Misedashi of Kikuno-san of Hanafusa. Please, treat her well!)

Konbanwa dear guests and readers of Hanafusa blog. On this beautiful evening i'm honored to announce the debut of Maiko Kikuno. She has debuted under the wing of Sr Maiko Kikutsuru. She has worked really hard to reach this high, and i'm happy to have her as my neechan(younger sister). Omedetou san dosu Kikuno-san on the path you have chosen!

* Misedashi - formal debut of Maiko, literary means "open for business". New maiko is presented to hanamachi and the society. She wears Kuromontsuki(formal, black, crested kimono) with with matching formal golden obi and with the okiya crest on the bottom. No obijime or obidome. During Misedashi maiko wears wareshinobu hairstyle with distinguishable kanzashi: special hair ornaments of tortoiseshell called chirikan, two ougi bira kanzashi( silver, fan-shaped kanzashi with silver flutters hanging by rings). She will also wear miokuri(bands of metal sticking out from the bottom of the bun).

Photos from misedashi:

San san Kudo ceremony, bonding Kikutsuru san and Kikuno san

San san Kudo - bonding ceremony.  Is performed by drinking from sake cups, 3 sips from each of 3 cups, shared with one you are being bond to. On this photo we have a rare glance of young maiko(Kikuno) being boned with her oneesan or older sister(Kikutsuru). As well as being performed with an oneesan and imouto during Misedashi, this is also marriage ceremony during which wife is boned to her husband. As you understand, this bond cannot be broken until one of the boned dies or leaves the profession.

In front of Makuroku posters

Maiko Kikutsuru and Maiko Kikuno posing in front of Makuroku posters.

* Makuroku - are celebratory posters put inside and outside the okiya for misedashi and erikae. The maiko’s name is on the left, and the poster’s commissioner is on the bottom right. I must say that other okiya in Hanamachi usually make Makuroku for the "newborn" Maiko to show their support and respect.

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