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On our first night in Kyoto, our tour guide Yoko accompanied us to Gion late in the evening to see some geisha and maiko. It was fascinating to see these women clad in intricate costumes and make-up walking around in such a contemporary setting.

May 21, 2009

From ~Fuyou-hime - Her name is Kosen, and she is a senior maiko from Gion Kobu. It's a misconeption from 'Memoirs of a Geisha' that a maiko's full underkimono collar must be red, it's the back of the collar that must be red. A senior maiko will have a white collar with small details, while a geiko will have a white collar back and front. That's where the term 'turn the collar' (Erikae) comes from when a maiko becomes a geiko. For examples, here is the back of a maiko's collar, [link] , and here is the back of a geiko's collar, [link]

She is wearing rain gear right now, which is why the obi cannot be seen. Otherwise, her full dangling obi (darari obi) would be visible. It's also why she is not wearing the tall shoes called okobo that are characteristic of maiko (although it is not mandatory that maiko must wear okobo, and many never wear them). Instead, she is wearing rain zori, which have a cover over the toes to protect them from puddles. If you look in her left hand, you'll see her traditional bamboo umbrella, which actually has her name on it (so as not to be confused with the other umbrellas of maiko and geiko in teahouse backrooms). I assume the weather forecast that day was cloudy and rainy, because the Okaasan watch weather forecasts closely so that maiko and geiko do not get their precious ensembles rained upon.

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Merytsetesh Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Great photos and very informative! It's the little details like the umbrella that make this so unique.
burningrage8-13 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweetness!!! :)
AngelWorld Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
woooooooooooow!that is fascinated!i want to go to Japaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!
Kriedz Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
Very beautiful! These Japanese clothes are beautiful !
mestrategos Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
How can You be so lucky! You get to see and visit Amazing places >.< I am honestly, officially jealous! And I wont even mention Your skills in taking pictures
agedghost Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
you were featured here: [link]

:) <3 age
keripuda Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Student
Classically beatiful~
glompmaster Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Lucky.. I went to Kyoto too, but we could only walk around during the day, so we didn't get to see any maiko..
xVivaLaKimx Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Student General Artist
At a first glance at the first two photos I thought that she was just a mere mannequin but then I saw the last photo and all I saw was life and beauty. Great shots.
cherriuki Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009   Traditional Artist
she's beautiful!!
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