maiko Kanoyumi and Totoro ^^ (SOURCE)
Lithograph of an Osaka Maiko 1910s (by Blue Ruin1)
“Before World War II, there were a great many Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) in the City of Osaka. Unlike Kyoto Maiko, their Obi (sash) was tied in a version of the Tateya Musubi (Standing Arrow Knot) called the Ya Giccha Musubi (Fortunate House Arrow Knot). They wore their hair in the Mata Kamigata (Forked-branch Hairstyle) rather than the Kyofu (Kyoto-style), with Edo-style sideburns. Their costumes were destroyed by air-raids, together with the majority of their photographs, and they went into decline for financial and other reasons, until Maiko were revived in May 2008 with the debut of two young Geisha.”
(Wikipedia Japan - 舞妓 – Maiko (Non-Kyoto Maiko)) (source)
“Each July for the Gion Matsuri, senior Maiko wear the Katsyuama hairstyle (also sometimes referred to as marumage despite a noticeable difference between the two styles) with special kanzashi to represent the summer. The origin of the katsuyama is directly linked back to 17th century Edo to a very popular and famous tayuu of the same name. It is also often seen in historical plays, although the actual style is slightly more exaggerated. The Katsuyama was also widely worn through out the Edo era by married women, and only went out of fashion at the beginning of the Showa era with the introduction of a new style called sokuhatsu, a style reminiscent of Charles Dana Gibson’s “Gibson Girls”. Women were encouraged to wear the shokuhatsu due to it being more conventional and hygienic, and of course, more modern.
Aside from the ordinary hana-kanzashi and jade tama-kanzashi, Maiko wear a special pink and silver circular kanzashi called bonten that sits in the middle of the mage showing through on both sides. A thick red ribbon made from ro silk with various patterns in silver/gold is also woven around the base and through the centre of the mage.” (source: ImmortalGeisha)
Maiko Ayano and oneesan Fumino from the Fukushima Okiya (Gion Kobu).
Maiko are so poised that they cannot take bad photographs IMO.
holding hands / street / walking / young / old / girl : maiko (geisha apprentice), kyoto japan 日本・京都 舞妓 とし愛さん (by momoyama)
More photos of Japanese maikos' (apprentice geisha, literally “dancing girl”) necks and the distinctive nape cosmetics. The inner red “collar” is the telltale sign of her status as apprentice.
Maiko are young women, usually late teens, who are apprentice geiko/geisha so to speak. They are not at “professional” level in their arts. Observe the precision of these young women. They’re lined up like Radio City Rockettes, parallel limbs, chins and necks poised at the same degrees.
It’s appalling how geisha have been fetishized as high class prostitutes and courtesans in western culture. There were women who became prostitutes in order to survive in post war (WW II) Japan. They were nicknamed “geisha girls”, and the misnomer and stereotype took.
Classic beauty never fades. She has an ideal full oval face, straight nose, ‘willow branch’ eyebrows, medium sized eyes, small cherry blossom mouth, long slender neck, and fair complexion. Perfectly symmetrical features. I adore her face so much.