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Come to Kyoto in April to See the Beautiful Geisha Dance

Japan’s geisha have a well-known reputation around the world as entertainers who are competent artists of many art forms. However, in the past, it wasn’t often that foreigners got to see them perform. They were only seen performing at small places such as tea houses, but this is no longer the case now. Kyoto’s geisha…

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…

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…

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…

Geisha the beauty beyond the time

Definition The word Geisha is composed by two kanji 芸妓. The first one means arts and the second one means person.   liahati.blogspot.jp/ Literally, it could be translated as, artist or person who devotes her life to arts and entertainment. Origin   dr-yokai.blogspot.jp/ It is believed that Geisha rose from one of the most ancient…

The Life of a Maiko: An Apprentice Geisha

Handing down traditions from one generation to the next is a very difficult task with the constantly changing society. You might have heard of “geisha,” the famous Japanese female entertainers in Japan. But have you ever noticed their apprentice?   japantours-switzerland.com/ They almost have the same job., but Maiko are normally 15-20 years of age…