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Maiko (became geiko; now retired) Kotoha of Gion Kobu

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geisha / face / make up Two apprentice geisha (maiko), Kyouka (right) and Sayaka (left), wait to enter the Minamiza Theatre in the Gion District to see a performance of kabuki.

: Debut of maiko Ichiaya san! Maiko who debut in Pontocho get special kanzashi that look like the ones maiko use in other districts to signal the end of their career as maiko.

: Debut of maiko Ichiaya san! Maiko who debut in Pontocho get special kanzashi that look like the ones maiko use in other districts to signal the end of their career as maiko.

Maiko Toshitomo wearing wisteria kanzashi for the month May.

Maiko Toshitomo wearing wisteria kanzashi for the month May.

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Maiko Kimika during her sakkou period - when a maiko is in the last stages before becoming a geiko or geisha. May Photography by watanabe san.

Sakkou 先笄 - Maiko Kotoha 琴葉 from Gionkobu. S)

芸妓さんと舞妓さんのブログ (Kotoha with her sakkou hairstyle)

Sensu kanzashi

Sensu kanzashi

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