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Male Geisha. The first geisha were men. The taikomochi men got their start as the Japanese equivalents of jesters, and they were once attendants to the feudal lords of Japan. Houkan was the formal name for a jester with taikomochi being a less formal name for them, literally meaning “drum bearer”.

Male Geisha. The first geisha were men. The taikomochi men got their start as the Japanese equivalents of jesters, and they were once attendants to the feudal lords of Japan. Houkan was the formal name for a jester with taikomochi being a less formal name for them, literally meaning “drum bearer”.

Mamefuji in January 2016. Tiny cranes on top of the matsu! Wonderful kanzashi for a lovely lady.

January kanzashi: pines, cranes and winter chrysanthemums (matsu 松、tsuru 鶴、kiku 菊. Maiko Mamefuji, photo by Gaap on Photohito

Japanese kimono

Japanese Notion of Beauty: Geisha Dress Japanese Geisha women are wearers of Kimonos, which are highly colorful and extravagan.

19th Century geisha

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Portrait of a Hangyoku, apprentice geisha, circa. In Tokyo, apprentice geisha is called Hangyoku, whereas in Kyoto they are called Maiko.

Ichikyo at the  Kamogawa Odori, Kyoto   strikes a lovely pose so characteristic of Pontocho geiko’s style of dance.  Having fled the villains, the geiko arrive at Oi River, made famous in folk songs for its high waters. They are met by the mistresses of an Inn, who, desperate for business, try to persuade them to rest. Only 200 km from Edo, the geiko are forced to lodge for the night by the impassibly high rivers caused by the recent rain.  Text and image via mboogiedown-japan blog.  2007…

Ichikyo at the Kamogawa Odori, Kyoto strikes a lovely pose so characteristic of Pontocho geiko’s style of dance. Having fled the villains, the geiko arrive at Oi River, made famous in folk songs for.

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The maiko (apprentice geisha) Konomi , Kyoto, Japan. Performing a dance at Heian Shrine in dedication to the arrival of spring. Text and photography by momoyama (Michael Chandler) on Flicker

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