Sunday, April 06, 2008

Maiko + Sakura = (^_^)

Someone looks happy! Clouds of cherry blossoms and a cute young maiko named Ichiharu make for one memorable hanami pre-game festivity... More on that later (^_<)/


Andrew Osbourn said...

Thank you for this Melissa! I've been dying to know her name. ^-^ I thought it was Shinaju.

Julie said...

I just wanted to say that I found your blog the other day when I was looking for information on Kyoto. It's because I've just returned from there and wanted to get accurate information for my photos I just uploaded to flickr.

Anyways, I'm loving reading your posts and seeing the photos. I'm working my way through them.

I do have a few recent photos of some of the maiko that I took while in Gion. I'm sure you are busy but if you get a chance to look, and recognize anyone, I would so appreciate knowing who they are!

Thanks again and I look forward to seeing more of your posts.


Molly said...

Hi Melissa! I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing all your lovely pictures of Maiko and Geiko. I'd like to travel to Kyoto one day, and every time I see your pictures I remember to keep saving money for the trip! ^_^

(Also, the link above is inaccurate. I did some poking around and I came up with this, which should lead you in the right direction, if you want to look at her photos:
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bibsmr said...

really adorable! ;) both of you :3

and what a smile you have... i think everybody has a smile like that when they are close to a maiko :D


Abbey said...

You lucky girl! It looks like it's getting warmer there in Kyotes, eh?

By the way, I like your shirt! ^_<

Have fun this week!

Alyson said...

I was going to say nice shirt too! I gotta say, Shinaju's heels look deadly. I have no idea how they learn to walk in those shoes.

Inge said...

Oh, how I wish I were you right now! You look like you're in heaven, enjoy Kyoto while you can :-).

Melissa said...

Andrew: Doitashimashite: Don't mention it. It's my pleasure!

Julie: Ookini! It sounds like you had a great experience in Kyoto. I'd be glad to help, but the links you've sent don't seem to work...

Molly: I hope you do get to visit Kyoto someday! My pictures are nothing compared to experiencing it in real life. You won't be disappointed. It will be worth it, I promise!

I'll give that link a try! Cheers!

Sara: Hehehe... Not everyone! Some people manage to control their dorkiness just long enough to look normal. I, on the other hand, have embraced it- become one with it. In other words, I have no such hope (^_<)

Abbey: I wish you were still here!

Alyson: Come on now! You lived in Japan for two years! Haven't you seen Japanese girls climbing mountains in 9 inchi stillhettos? Shinaju's got it easy! (^_<)

Inge: Kyoto is my happy place! Now if only I could t pull myself away just long enough to get down to Kyushuu...

I see Fukoka Now everywhere, by the way!

Shinnosuke said...

I'm Japanese in Kyoto.
I will dance at Gion kobu kaburenjo
on May 31.
I will play "Renjishi".
If you are interested in this event,please come and watch.

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Andrew Osbourn said...

Dear Melissa,
Did you ask her name? I'm sure you spoke to her right?

Because I somewhat believe, and have for awhile, that she is the Pontocho maiko Ichiharu.
From left to right : Ichiemi, Momijyu, Ichifuku, Ichiharu and Ayano.

And Shinaju:

Melissa said...

Andrew: Yeah, looks like you're right... Again!(^_<) I just got back from Pontocho's Kamogawa Odori, and this is Ichiharu. I must have confused them, since Shinaju was there, too...