Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Gion Matsuri Maiko: Makiko

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This is young Makiko, a maiko from Gion, on her way to watch the Procession of Dieties with her patron, the mop of grey hair hidden behind her glossy black lobes. The swarms of people gather along Shijo-dori parted like the Red Sea as gracefully glided towards the shrine. This is Makiko's first or second Gion matsuri as a Maiko! Her upper lip is still covered in the white makeup that overs the rest of her face, and her collar is still predominantly red. As she advances in skill and experience, she will be able to paint her upper lip in deep crimson, while her collar will gradually become less ornate, until she becomes a Geiko.


Snake in Fall said...

Nice blog, but it is quiet here. Welcome to mine:

Have a good day!

Melissa said...

I know Snake! So quiet...Thanks for breaking the silence! Everyone else be cool like Snake and talk it up! Leave a comment! Thanks Snake! :)