10 December 2014

December Kitsuke

"As December comes and snow is gently coloring the landscapes in colors of white, the cold winter wind, that lives in the bamboo forest, starts his heart-freezing song"

Geiko Kikuyu

 Okaasan Kikuyu is wearing dark susohiki with amazing dyed pattern, that is worn mostly in the end of Autumn and the beginning of winter. Its design is very beautiful and has taken several months and most talented artists skills! The flying cranes( hand-painted of course)can symbolize the winter, that is brought on their wings. Also cranes are symbolizing future Winter Celebrations.
Her golden obi is an amazing piece , decorated with beautiful flying crane pattern. It is tied in taiko musubi knot("drum knot" as musubi means knot or tie).
Her kago is pink and goes well to the susohiki.
Her katsura(wig) is decorates with small but very stylish hairpin, that is also the mon of Hanafusa okiya
Maiko Kikutsuru

Maiko Kikutsuru, the atatori of Hanafusa okiya, this December is wearing rare and very beautiful hikizuri. It has common men, women and children from old Japan, hand painted on it- what a sight! They look like real! There are also pine trees, that a very specific winter motif.
Her kago is pink and goes nicely with the kimono, and is creating a warm look. She actually can melt snow using only her sight ^^
Sr Maiko hairstyle(worn now by Kikutsuru san) is called Ofuku, and is decorated with special December kanzashi, that feature bamboo leaves and special two maneki(tiny blank tags).
Maiko Kikumaru

Kikumaru san, the second maiko in Hanafusa okiya, is wearing dark hikizuri, that shows nostalgia for Autumn. Created by a famous kimono artist, this amazing hikizuri looks like a true work of art.
As she is still Jr Maiko, her hairstyle is Wareshinobu (easily recognizable due to the two strips of red silk ribbon called kanoko, that has been woven through the mage ("bun"), and visible through the hair on the top and bottom section). Her hair is decorated with special December kazashi, that feature colorful assortment of lucky charms and two two maneki(tiny blank tags), which will be autographed by her 2 favorite Kabuki actors during Kaomise Soken.
* Kaomise soken - During the first week of December maiko visit the Minamiza theater and have the tags of the maneki kanzashi signed by their favourite kabuki actors.

Maiko Kikuno
Coming soon:)

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