Saturday, June 21, 2008

Pontocho Maiko : Spring 2008

Kyoto Rewind : April 6, 2008

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Ichiemi, now a high ranking maiko in the Pontocho district, greets the mistress of a teahouse during a small cherry blossom festival along the Takase Canal.

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Ichiemi looks every bit the stylish, sophisticated young woman in this stunning lavender kimono ensemble. Even her adorably child-like cheeks have thinned out.

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Ichiharu

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The long, fluttering strands cherry blossoms hanging from Shinaju's hanakanzashi, or flowered hair ornament, testify to her low rank and inexperience as a maiko, appealing instead to her youth and child-like charm. Compare it with Ichiharu's above, who is of a slightly higher rank.

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Hisano, now a geiko, and Ichiemi walk beneath the lacey veil of cherry blossoms along the Takase canal as sunlight falls in playful patterns along the pavement.


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As if Ichiemi's lavendar kimono wasn't enough. Coupled with this remarkable pastel obi, colored with the sweet, pastel pallet of spring, this ensemble quickly became my favorite this season.

4 comments:

bibsmr said...

yes, that lavendar kimono is just wonderful and it really matches her. she is slowly becoming a beautiful woman, and loosing her girly/childish features...

wonderful pictures melissa! ;)

Myloko said...

Her kimono is simply stunning! It's so nice to see that Hisano has finally turned her collar as well! I forsee her to be a very popular and skilled geiko in the future :)

Du RĂªve said...

Hello. I came over after seeing some of your remarkable pics on flickr. I stumbled upon one of your comments in one of Okinawa Soba's vintage Geisha pics and, well, after seeing these unbelievably beatiful shots, I just had to congratulate you and to tell you how envious I am of you for being able to witness this scenes. Thank you and please, do keep up with your great job.
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Cheers!

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