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Visit these 2 Traditional Geisha Districts of Kanazawa

During the Edo Period (17th till 19th century), Kanazawa was a very large city rivaling Kyoto and Tokyo. It was a center of business, trade and entertainment. There are many tourist attractions in the city, such as the Kenroku-en garden, Omicho market, Kanazawa castle and others. It is also famous for its old traditional style…

The Many Styles of Kanzashi from Ordinary to Extraordinary

The kanzashi are Japanese hair ornaments typically made by materials such as gold, silk, silver, or tortoiseshell. There are various types of kanzashi that were used and worn in the past and some still used today. These are some of the basic styles of the traditional hair ornaments: Mimikaki kanzashi この投稿をInstagramで見る 奢侈禁止令 耳かきかんざし 全長16.5㎝ お値段1200円です。…

Black, White and Red: The 3 Colors of Beauty in Japan

Today, makeup is considered as a vital component in the aspect of grooming. Many women and some men painstakingly take the time and effort to apply makeup daily, in the name of beauty. In Japan, the beauty of the country’s prominent classic entertainers such as the maikos (geisha in training), geishas, and kabuki actors is…

Kanzashi: The Traditional Hair Ornament and Self-Defense Weapon!

Kanzashi are beautiful hair ornaments used in traditional Japanese hairstyles. Besides decorating the hair, they were believed to have been used as self-defense as well. Different kanzashi may also be worn on different months throughout the year.   View this post on Instagram   #京都 #kyoto #そうだ京都行こう #そうだ京都帰ろう #京都写真部 #美しい #絶景京都 #舞妓 #舞妓さん #maiko #芸妓…

Kouta: The Traditional Songs of Geisha

Kouta literally means little (ko) songs (uta). It is a traditional lyric song which is orally passed down since the 19th century Edo era. Kouta are short songs which are usually accompanied by shamisen, which is a traditional Japanese musical instrument resembling a guitar. Kouta is usually associated with the geisha who also learn to…

Kanzashi: An Overview of a Maiko’s Seasonal Hair Ornaments

Maiko is an apprentice geiko (similar to a geisha) in Kyoto. They wear elaborate hair ornaments (kanzashi) in different months called kisetsubana. The motif (decorative design) of the month depends on the flowers and events that occur in that month. January   vivcore.com/ Some of the classic patterns include plum, bamboo, and pine which are…

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Geisha

A geisha is a traditional Japanese hostess trained to entertain men through dance, song and conversation. The best way to translate a word geisha into English would be “artist” or ” performing artist”. White makeup, a colorful kimono and beautiful hair is probably the world’s most popular image of a geisha. To become a professional…

Experiencing Kyoto: A Geisha Makeover

Kyoto offers the avid traveller an array of different experiences both cultural and insightful. It is a city that moves forward with the progression of modern day society while managing to maintain its rich cultural past which can be seen in the many beautiful temples or the old wooden buildings that line a lot of…

Finding the Ever-Elusive Geisha in Kyoto

When people think of Japan, one of the first things that comes to mind for a lot of people is of course Geisha. You know, the famously elegant Japanese ladies with their painted faces and flowing Kimonos. But many people don’t know where to look for them once they get to Japan. In most of…

Three Restaurants With Maiko Performances to Fulfil your Kyoto Experience

When you come to Kyoto, don ‘t miss the opportunity to get lost in magic and wonderfulness of Japanese culture. I used to think that the best places for this would be the temples and shrines. It is true that the religious places are amazing! Especially when the visitor come from somewhere outside Asia. Temples…