20 July 2016

Misedashi of Maiko Kikune

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

Konnichiwa dear guests and readers of Hanafusa blog. On this beautiful day i'm honored to announce the debut of Maiko Kikune. She has debuted under the wing of Sr Maiko Kikutsuru. Omedetou san dosu Kikune-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).

During San san Kudo ceremony, Kikune chan was bonded with Sr Maiko and Atatori of Hanafusa okiya, Maiko Kikutsuru. This most important event was held by Okaasan Kikuyu and witnessed by Sr Maiko Kikumaru, shikomi Yumi and Ayumi.
After the ceremony, Kikutsuru san and Kikune san went on greeting rounds with important patrons, where Kikutsuru san was introducing the new maiko.
After the new maiko was introduced, Hanahusa ochaya held a festiwe ozashiki in her honor. Many good patrons and friends of the hanamchi were welcomed to whiteness the first dance of newborn maiko san and wish her good luck in her career.
Misedashi celebrations were held for 2 more days, with more visiting rounds and ozashikis.

18 July 2016

Visiting Japonica

Sr maiko Kikutsuru(green hikizuri), Sr Maiko Kikumaru( blue wave hikizuri) are visiting Japonica with Isoldel san (hikizuri with lilies in the water). Although our Kago were too small for all the goods we got from this amazing fair. Every creator put his heart and soul in creating things for this event. Lots of people came to shop and admire the talented creators and those who have organised Japonica. 

16 July 2016

Gion Matsuri Memories

This summer our beautiful hanamachi hold a new annual event known as Gion Matsuri. This is replica of the real event hold in Kyoto every year since 869 and from now on visitors of Miyagawacho Hanamachi can witness it with their own eyes. During the real gion matsuri in Kyoto, young Maiko from every district participate in it by dancing a special dance. For example, Maiko san from Gion Kobu dance "Suzume Odori" or "Sparrow dance" and maiko from Miyagawacho perform "Konchiki ondo".
This year, for the pleasure of our honorable guests,  Kikutsuru san, Kikumaru san and Kikune san danced "Konchiki ondo". The name of the dance comes from distinctive Konchiki chain of Gion Bayashi folk music. They wore special white thin kimono with hakata obi (obi sash with hakata-ori textile) which was pink against a white background in Ushiromi musubi (a way of knotting the obi sash) style. In their hands they hold an uchiwa fan with crests of festival and the Yasaka shrine. 
After the dance, guests were able to make memorable photos with Maiko san from Hanafusa okiya.

3 July 2016

New maiko debut soon!

Dear patrons of miyagawacho hanamachi,
its big honor for me to announce that minarai Kikune san of Hanafusa okiya has passed her exam and soon Hanafusa okiya will be celebrating her Misedashi. Kikune chan will debut under the wing of Sr Maiko Kikutsuru. 

1 July 2016

Saturday picnic in Miyagawacho Hanamachi

Dear guests and patrons of Miyagawacho hanamachi,

as the summer heat is exhausting and makes You want to stay whole day in a cool place, Maiko and Geiko of Hanafusa okiya invite you to a picnic in beautiful Miyagawacho hanamachi gardens.You'll be served with delicious seasonal fruits and japanese dishes. Dont forget about refreshing drinks and delighful company of you maikosan :) 

Date: Saturday 2nd of July
Time: 6am-7am slt

Miyagawacho Hanamachi Gatcha festival

In the event of our Summer Gacha Festival we will be welcoming you to explore the various designers creations. There is wonderful machines out there for you waiting to be played^^

Everything from Japanese furniture, buildings, clothing, cooling treats and some mysteries awaits you.