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Erikae of Fukue san: dressing stage

At the day of erikae, or literally “changing of the collar”, a maiko turns into a geiko in only one night. Fukue san transformed into a geiko with a help of her protectors - a kimono dresser and a mother of her okiya, Kawayoshi. They dressed her in a formal black kimono, golden obi and a wig shaped in Taka Shimada hairstyle.

Photos by KAWAYOSHI OCHAYA on FB

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Debut of maiko Mametarou, 25.02.2014

Mametarou as a new maiko of Ninben okiya was led through Gion Kobu by her kimono dresser and her “big sister” geiko Mameryou. They visited all tea houses and shops to present newest member of the community. For this occassion, Mametarou is dressed the most formally - black antique kimono, golden obi, kanzashi made of tortoise shell, two silver bira bira kanzashi in the front and silver miokuri kanzashi (these prongs) on the back

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The day of Sayaka’s erikae and Satsuki’s misedashi - by WATASHAJI - BLOG. Click for more photos and the whole blog post!

Sayaka and Satsuki are tied by official “sisterhood” relationship. They both live in the same okiya in Gion Kobu - Tsurui san, they also debuted (Sayaka after her maiko career) on the same day!
The kimono dresser (otokoshi) helped them to look flawless on this special day.