Saturday, March 29, 2008

Back In Kyoto!

Takahiro! Hisashiburi! It's been a long time.

Peace from lantern-lit Miyagawa-cho! (*^_^*)v

Just checking in to let everyone know that after a few excellent days in Ena, we've finally arrived in Kyoto! Despite what these images might imply, we did not spend our first evening here chasing geisha, but we couldn't help running into them everywhere we went! The cherry blossoms are blooming, and hanami season, Gion's busiest, is in full swing.

Ichiwaka, one of the 13 new maiko that have made their debut so far this spring.

Takahiro, could you be any cuter?

Konomi: Kawaii!


Anonymous said...

::Squeal:: Yay! New pics!

Abbey said...

Wow! You wasted no time, didn't you!

You're right - Takahiro and Konomi are super kawaiiiiiii!

See you on the morrow!

bibsmr said...

Takahiro looks so thin! :O but so cute!!! ^^

it's great to see pictures of them again, and something i noticed.... they always seem to smile when you take a picture of them! ;) they must know you already hehe

enjoy your time there!

April said...

Awww! Thanks for sharing Melissa! You are such a lucky person! If you see Naosuzu somewhere please get a photo of her please! Are you going to Kamishiken dances? I will see Miehina and Fukuwaka in September! :) I can't wait!

Vivien said...

It was funny I was reading your blog, then i found the maiko in the peach blossom kanzashi again on another blog I read!
Looks like she's in the same kimono and everything! I thought that was kind of neat. looks like her name is Itiwaka

Anonymous said...


What beautiful pictures and what a beautiful letter from your former student. It brought tears to my eyes and WOW! how many lives you have touched in Japan.

Very proud.

Loved seeing you guys.

Dame Diabolique said...

I was reading your blog on the Miyako Odori 08 and I saw where you said that you have to have a special licensce now to take pictures.

Exactly how expensive was this licensce? If it was $100, I could probably deal. But $200+ is a little much.

And I guess that means there will be no videos on YouTube or online with Odori footage. I was supposed to go on a study abroad trip and the Odori was on the agenda. However, the trip got cancelled.

I hope you had a great time.

Hugh said...

haha - and u know i have a thing for Takahiro :-DDD

Kitty said...

Wow, lucky you! Living in Japan must be amazing ^^