The Instagram List

Multiple people have asked me what members of the karyukai use Instagram, besides the few that I listed from Kyoto. There’s likely some that I’m missing, but here’s a list for those who are curious:

Akita (秋田)
-Shino (し乃)

Atami (熱海)
-Kohaku (こはく)
-Hotaru (ほたる)
-Kintarō (金太郎)
-Official Kenban Account

Kanazawa (金沢)
-Mai (真衣)

Kyoto (京都)
-Satsuki (紗月) of Tsurui (つる居) in Gion Kobu
-Koyō (小耀) of Hiroshimaya (廣島屋) in Gion Kobu
-Mameryō (豆涼) of Ninben (亻) in Gion Kobu
-Fumiyuki (ふみ幸) of Katsufumi (勝ふみ) in Kamishichiken
-Yuko of Umeno (梅乃) in Kamishichiken
-Yuko of Umeno (梅乃) in Kamishichiken 
-Umewaka (梅わか) of Ichi (市) in Kamishichiken
-Kikuno (菊乃) of Hanafusa (花ふさ) in Miyagawa Cho
-Kimiaya (君綾) of Honjo (本城) in Miyagawa Cho
-Kawayoshi (河よ志) in Miyagawa Cho
-Yoshifumi (よし冨美) in Miyagawa Cho
-Shigemori (しげ森) in Miyagawa Cho’s Maiko Theatre
-Aoi Tayū (葵太夫) of Shimabara

Nagoya (名古屋)
-Kei (京)
-Kohana (小華) 
-Hikono (ひこ乃)
-Usagi (うさぎ)

Nara (奈良)
-Kikuno (菊乃)

Otsu (大津)
-Yuko (夕子) of Hamamitsu (濱三津)

Tokushima (徳島)
-Mitsuki (美月)
-Mika (美花)
-Azusa (梓)

Tokyo (東京)
-Chiyomi (ちよ美) of Shimbashi (新ばし)
-Fumika (ふみ香) of Akasaka (赤坂)
-Satsuki (さつき) of Akasaka (赤坂)
-Mizuki (美月) of Yoshinoya (由の家)
-Shintarō (慎太郎) of Ginza (矢部)
-Hisatomi (久富) of Yoshicho (芳町)
-Chihana (千花) of Mukojima (向島)
-Emika (えみか) of Mukojima (向島)
-Kingyo (きん魚) of Mukojima (向島)
-Sengoku (千景) of Mukojima (向島)

Tosa (土佐)
-Kingyo (琴魚) of Hamachō (濱長)
-Misako (実佐子) of Hamachō (濱長)
-Katsuo (かつを) of Hamachō (濱長)

Yokohama (横浜)
-Fukukoma (富久駒)
-Tamachiyo (玉千代)

Last updated November 6th, 2017.


Hangyoku by Junichi Nakahara 1950 by Blue Ruin 1

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />A vintage postcard from &quot;Himawari&quot; (Sunflower) a women's magazine published by renowned illustrator Junichi Nakahara between 1947 and 1952.
Random Fact of The Week 27/8

This weekend a special event took place, so we’ll be looking at that!

The Tōzai Odori (東西をどり) takes place on the last Saturday of August at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. It features the maiko and geiko of Gion Kobu in Kyoto and the geisha and hangyoku of Shimbashi in Tokyo. It was founded in 2010 and has become an annual event ever since.

Tickets are not cheap though as they cost 30,000 yen each (around $300 USD)!  There are 4 performances in a single day, so it’s a very busy event for all involved ^^ 


Young Geisha with Chin Puppy 1905 by Blue Ruin 1

A young geisha, probably from Tokyo, holding a Japanese Chin puppy. In the late Meiji period, it was still common practice for young girls to have all their facial hair, including their eyebrows, shaved off.


Yukidaruma 1910 by Blue Ruin 1
Via Flickr:
Five hangyoku (young geisha), including Sakae (in yellow) and Eiryu II (in green), surrounding a yukidaruma (snowman).

Newly debuted Maiko Mamekoma-san and Maiko Mamechika-san performing at Gion Corner. Mamechika-san seems to be a regular performer there~ I want to point out the love I have not only for her Hiki but for her obi which is decorated with feathers in gold against red! I also adore her Kanzashi which has bira-bira (thin metal strips) Tucked behind the shidare~

These two are a very cute pair. I hope we see more of them dancing together!

All credit goes to Marco Alessi on Deviantart. Here’s the original source!


Guess Who 1910 by Blue Ruin 1

Two Hangyoku (Young Geisha) from Tokyo playing a game of “guess who?”.


Hangyoku with Kitten 1905 by Blue Ruin 1

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />A Hangyoku (Young Geisha) with a kitten by her side and her hand resting on a Temari ball.

A hand-colored photograph of a Hangyoku from Osaka cradling an ichimatsu doll, which she wrapped in the sleeve of her kimono; 1910s.

She looks like she was about 12 or 13 when the picture was taken.

Since, before World War 2, Maiko and Hangyoku usually still were children when they debuted, it was common for them to be depicted with dolls and toys.

Source: Blue Ruin on Flickr