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title]Giving oneself a taller appearance. The magic "okobo" sandals.

A tatami mat above a paulownia stage, and red sandal straps. The supporting role here is played by the "okobo," the tall shoes that help a kimono-clad maiko's performance appear all the more beautiful. The shoes are about 15 centimeters tall, and with only those, a 158 cm tall Ichitomo rises to 173 cm tall. Moreover, with the addition of the tied up hairstyle, the height appears even taller. In the past, they were used with very young maiko to change their appearance of height, however after a maiko with recent growth spurts wears them, "Well, I feel bad because I think I'm a little too tall now (ha-ha).
"As you might guess from a glance, the toe-end part with its slanted front side, can make balancing quite difficult. "At first, I often tripped and thought I was going to fall," says Ichitomo, laughing. That is the nature of "okobo." Nevertheless "Okobo" are not always necessary to wear, and on days when the road is wet from rain, or in places like hotels where sound or cleanliness need to be considered, she says she goes out with "zori" (grass sandals) instead. However, if on a sunny day you hear the distinct click clacking or jingling sound of a maiko's footsteps, be sure not to miss the lovely view of their cute okobo.

"Wareshinobu" stage Ichitomo here is wearing "okobo" with red straps.

"okobo" shoes for "Ofuku" stage maiko.
During the "Wareshinobu" phase, a bell is placed on the "okobo" that makes a cute chiming sound while the maiko is walking. After reaching the "Ofuku" stage, the sandal strap changes to a light crimson color and the bell is removed.
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"Wareshinobu" Decorative Hairpins. 12 Months.
【1月 松竹梅】Pine, Bamboo and Plum 【2月 梅】Plum【3月 菜の花】Cole flowers【4月 桜】Cherry Blossoms【5月 藤】Wisteria【6月 柳】Willow【7月 うちわ】Paper Fans 【8月 すすき】Japanese Pampas Grass【9月 桔梗Balloonflowers【10月 菊】Chrysanthemums【11月 紅葉】Autumn leaves 【12月 まねき】Maneki (decorated with Kabuki actors' names )

【title】The decorative Hanakanzashi hairpin that carries the seasons. Twelve months, twelve lovely varieties.
The decorative hairpins worn in the hair of maiko are produced by the Kintakedo shop in Gion. The hairpins and hair ornaments have been the specialty of the Kintakedo shop ever since it was established in the Edo period. Since then, it has been manufacturing and selling them to the Kamishichiken district among four other geiko districts, and still remains as the shop of choice for maiko and geiko in Kyoto to this day.
The above twelve decorative hairpins are intended for use by young maiko still in their "Wareshinobu" phase. As introduced in the previous issue, when a maiko enters her "Ofuku" stage, The design and color tone of the ornaments she wears change to a more subtle and serene form.
Ichimari/ Born in 1994 in Hiroshima. Came onto the scene on October 6th, 2010. 18 Years old

Ichimari, with her hairstyle arranged in Ofuku style, is wearing a pine, plum and bamboo style decorative hairpin which coincides with January. Compared to that of the bright and gorgeous "Wareshinobu," style, this decorative hairpin establishes a sweet atmosphere from which a more adult-like spirit radiates.
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title] The vibrant "Wareshinobu" and the calming "Ofuku" hairstyles

A tightly formed Japanese headdress, and the many gorgeous accessories so flamboyantly placed upon it... this is the "Wareshinobu" hairstyle that typically comes to mind when thinking about maiko, and it is intended for younger women. The red cloth on the top and bottom, with the center hairclip (Kanoko-dome) overlaid on the circular hair bun gives off a vibrant impression.

"I go to Gion once a week for the hairdresser. Other than that, even while sleeping, I always try to keep my hair the same. I also always sleep on a high pillow as not to mess up my hairdo," says Ichitomo, smiling. Her hair style is still in the "Wareshinobu" stage but after two or three years she will change to the "Ofuku" hairstyle.

After entering the "Ofuku" stage, the Kanoko cloth woven through the hair bun changes to folded shape, which appears tied onto the hair, giving off a more mature and calm impression. During New Years, it changes to a special "Yakko," style while during Gion Festival it changes to special "Katsuyama" style. The hairstyle can be changed not only depending on the event, but also little by little as a young girl gradually becomes an adult. "I like the cute and colorful‘Wareshinobu' style, but I'm also looking forward to reaching the Ofuku stage, and becoming a little bit more adult-like." Ichitomo says that the day she will reach the Ofuku stage is getting close. It is just one more step in her journey to become a fully realized maiko.

花かんざし Ornamental Flower Hairpin
Each month, 12 months a year, a different flower design is used. Flower pedals of different subtle colors and made from Japanese Habutae silk are applied to the piece one by one.

鹿の子留め Kanoko-dome (Hair ornament pinned onto the back of the hair bun)
鹿の子   Kanoko
A special tie-dyed cloth used to emphasize the hair bun. When used as a hair tie for the "Wareshinobu" hair style, it gives off a vibrantimpression. However, after reaching the "Ofuku" stage, a simple "Ofukugake" cloth is used instead.

あかだま  "Red Ball" Ornament on a silver stick
鬢 びん   "Bin" (Rounded flanks of the hair)
These "Bin" start small during the "Wareshinobu" stage, and gradually become larger as a maiko progresses to the "Ofuku" stage. In the case of a maiko using her real hair, she may freely use various tools to emphasize the contours of the flanks (Konshi paper) or to augment their hair volume (Ketabo).

花かんざし Ornamental Flower Hairpin
くし    Comb
たちばな  Tachibana (Hairpin inserted into the back of the hair)
おふくがけ Ofuku-gake (a folded piece of cloth on the hair bun)
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title] The Basics of Maiko "Cute and Innocent"

日本髪 The Japanese traditional hairstyle
While geiko use a wig, maiko use their own hair to form a headdress. In the early and middle stages ofa maiko's training, as well as at stage of becoming a geiko,
the hair style changes, and it's said that "just by looking at a maiko's head, regular customers can understand where she is in her career."

帯揚げ Obiage (The Obi Scarf)
In order to raise the position of the obi (kimono sash), and produce a stronger
sense of youthfulness, the Obi Scarf stretches over the entire area from the
stomach to the breast.

ぽっちり Pocchiri (The Sash Brooch)
A clip for the Obi (A small brooch worn on the front of the obi ). A very valuable piece that is usually handed down for generations between maiko at each tea house.

髪飾り The Hair Ornaments
A hair pin with ornamental flowers is the symbol of a maiko. The type of the pin to be worn is decided for every month of the year. In the same way as the hair style,
the type of pin also changes depending on the maiko's age.

振袖 The Long-Sleeved Kimono
For a young apprentice, the long sleeved kimono, with a tucked in shoulder and sleeve hemming, is the most basic clothing. At a glance, the fashion style of the kimono sash dangling behind and the Okobo (high wooden clogs) might look
flashy. However, these pieces are actually intended to come together to help
express a sense of young girl innocence.

襟足 The Nape Of The Neck
To help show off the length and slenderness of the neck, the back of the neck is painted white. Another point of interest is that when in full dress, the design on
the neck is skillfully painted into three points, while in more casual situations,
only two shorter points are painted.

A Japanese headdress speared by an elegant ornamental pin, a splash of scarlet lipstick on a white painted face, and an stunning kimono with a dangling sash.
How well do you know about maiko, praised as the “Flowers of Kyoto”?
Over the course of the next year, we will exploring behind the closed doors of the secretive and mystifying world of the Maiko-san, from the aesthetics specific to
the geiko and maiko district as seen in their kimonos and make-up, to the
mystery of the Maikos' daily lives that are kept from the public.
At the most basic level, maiko are women who sing, dance, and play the shamisen (three string guitar) to entertain guests at banquets and fancy events. From after graduating junior high school to the age of 20, these young women, after training extensively in a tea house, make their debut on stage or at a special event on
behalf of their tea houses. From there, devoting themselves to learning the traditional performing arts as an apprentice of a geiko becomes their top priority.
Beer Garden!
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The beer garden has been open from July!
We take turns welcoming guests.
Please stop by when you visit Kyoto.
We are awaiting your arrival!
Great success for Gohanamachi
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A joint dance performance was held by the
Gohanamachi (five Hanamachi Geiko districts) at Kyoto Kaikan Hall the other day.
I was very nervous because it was my first time to participate in this event.
Now I feel relieved that I could manage to perform my pieces well.
A bit relieved…
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A Presentation of Nagauta*
was held yesterday.
I joined Kishi-no Yanagi and Matsu-no Midori on the stage.
I was nervous but I am glad that it went well.
I am going to keep practicing hard.
Switching to summer clothes
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We will start to wear our summer outfits from today.
Maiko and Geiko start wearing summer obi (kimono sash), nagajuban (full-length undergarment),
and some small accessories and hair ornaments in June.
Finally, the day of presenting our Nagauta* is coming!
I am going to try very hard to make my performance great.
Practicing shamisen
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I have an opportunity to play shamisen* on stage on June 6.
It is not easy to play the shamisen* as well as I want to,
but I will practice hard until the day of the performance.
Ofuku style
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I started to have my hair done up in the ofuku* style recently.