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Important message for tourists in Kyoto

Sakkou kanzashi of maiko Fukue san (SOURCE - Kawayoshi ochaya FB)
For sakkou, special and the very last hairstyle of Kyoto maiko, kanzashi is worn as a symbol of good luck and wealth. Sakkou kanzashi is often a personal choice of a maiko, but it can be only in a certain style. Usually it’s gold, silver or green; shaped in pine needles with cranes, turtles or a treasure boat. I’ve seen also a silver chrysanthemum kanzashi! But the most popular designs are cranes.
Fukue’s choice was quite unusual but very trendy that year - she added a golden crest of her okiya under a silver crane. Her obi worn during sakkou stage was also patterned in her okiya’s crests. She must be really devoted to her maternal house!

Sakkou kanzashi of maiko Fukue san (SOURCE - Kawayoshi ochaya FB)

For sakkou, special and the very last hairstyle of Kyoto maiko, kanzashi is worn as a symbol of good luck and wealth. Sakkou kanzashi is often a personal choice of a maiko, but it can be only in a certain style. Usually it’s gold, silver or green; shaped in pine needles with cranes, turtles or a treasure boat. I’ve seen also a silver chrysanthemum kanzashi! But the most popular designs are cranes.

Fukue’s choice was quite unusual but very trendy that year - she added a golden crest of her okiya under a silver crane. Her obi worn during sakkou stage was also patterned in her okiya’s crests. She must be really devoted to her maternal house!

— 35 minutes ago with 18 notes
#fukue  #kanzashi  #sakkou  #crane  #maiko 
Tea Ceremony in Kamishichiken: geiko Ichiteru (purple) and Naosome (green) by @__rusty on Instagram

Tea Ceremony in Kamishichiken: geiko Ichiteru (purple) and Naosome (green) by @__rusty on Instagram

— 3 hours ago with 29 notes
#geiko  #kimono  #makeup  #tea ceremony  #ichiteru  #naosome 
Maiko Sachiho walking alone on peaceful Gion Kobu’s alley by @lindseysca on Instagram

Maiko Sachiho walking alone on peaceful Gion Kobu’s alley by @lindseysca on Instagram

— 5 hours ago with 24 notes
#maiko  #sachiho  #gion kobu  #kimono  #kasa  #rain 

Maiko Fukucho san for February 2014 - orange kimono with geometrical snow pattern and green paulownia obi

SOURCE - Shigemori okiya blog

— 21 hours ago with 69 notes
#maiko  #fukucho  #makeup  #february  #kanzashi  #kimono  #obi 
Baikasai 2014: maiko Katsune and Katsuna by @sakuran0816 on Instagram

Baikasai 2014: maiko Katsune and Katsuna by @sakuran0816 on Instagram

— 1 day ago with 57 notes
#baikasai  #maiko  #katsune  #katsuna  #kimono  #makeup 
Geiko Kosen on a rainy April evening by @aliciagalleta on Instagram

Geiko Kosen on a rainy April evening by @aliciagalleta on Instagram

— 1 day ago with 44 notes
#geiko  #kosen  #kimono  #gion kobu  #rain  #kasa 
Maiko Ichiharu during her first perfomance at the Gion Corner by @arnic_arno on Instagram

Maiko Ichiharu during her first perfomance at the Gion Corner by @arnic_arno on Instagram

— 1 day ago with 36 notes
#maiko  #ichiharu  #makeup  #kanzashi  #kimono  #rokudan kuzushi  #dance  #gion corner 
Maiko Satono dancing with summer fan (uchiwa) by Stephane Barbery on Flickr

Maiko Satono dancing with summer fan (uchiwa) by Stephane Barbery on Flickr

— 1 day ago with 276 notes
#maiko  #satono  #kanzashi  #makeup  #dance  #uchiwa  #kimono 
Back view of maiko Katsusen’s outfit - rich golden obi, kimono made with shibori technique and wareshinobu hairstyle by @journeythroughalens on Instagram

Back view of maiko Katsusen’s outfit - rich golden obi, kimono made with shibori technique and wareshinobu hairstyle by @journeythroughalens on Instagram

— 1 day ago with 126 notes
#maiko  #katsusen  #wareshinobu  #makeup  #kimono  #obi  #kanzashi 

Geiko Kosen and maiko Fukunae in March 2014 by @kkatya81 on Instagram

— 1 day ago with 65 notes
#maiko  #geiko  #kosen  #shamisen  #kimono  #makeup  #fukunae  #kanzashi 
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