title]Giving oneself a taller appearance. The magic "okobo" sandals.
A tatami mat above a paulownia stage, and red sandal straps. The supporting role here is played by the "okobo," the tall shoes that help a kimono-clad maiko's performance appear all the more beautiful. The shoes are about 15 centimeters tall, and with only those, a 158 cm tall Ichitomo rises to 173 cm tall. Moreover, with the addition of the tied up hairstyle, the height appears even taller. In the past, they were used with very young maiko to change their appearance of height, however after a maiko with recent growth spurts wears them, "Well, I feel bad because I think I'm a little too tall now (ha-ha).
"As you might guess from a glance, the toe-end part with its slanted front side, can make balancing quite difficult. "At first, I often tripped and thought I was going to fall," says Ichitomo, laughing. That is the nature of "okobo." Nevertheless "Okobo" are not always necessary to wear, and on days when the road is wet from rain, or in places like hotels where sound or cleanliness need to be considered, she says she goes out with "zori" (grass sandals) instead. However, if on a sunny day you hear the distinct click clacking or jingling sound of a maiko's footsteps, be sure not to miss the lovely view of their cute okobo.
"Wareshinobu" stage Ichitomo here is wearing "okobo" with red straps.
"okobo" shoes for "Ofuku" stage maiko.
During the "Wareshinobu" phase, a bell is placed on the "okobo" that makes a cute chiming sound while the maiko is walking. After reaching the "Ofuku" stage, the sandal strap changes to a light crimson color and the bell is removed.
第64回 寿 会のお知らせ
"Wareshinobu" Decorative Hairpins. 12 Months.
【１月 松竹梅】Pine, Bamboo and Plum 【２月 梅】Plum【３月 菜の花】Cole flowers【４月 桜】Cherry Blossoms【５月 藤】Wisteria【６月 柳】Willow【７月 うちわ】Paper Fans 【８月 すすき】Japanese Pampas Grass【９月 桔梗Balloonflowers【１０月 菊】Chrysanthemums【１１月 紅葉】Autumn leaves 【１２月 まねき】Maneki (decorated with Kabuki actors' names )
【title】The decorative Hanakanzashi hairpin that carries the seasons. Twelve months, twelve lovely varieties.
The decorative hairpins worn in the hair of maiko are produced by the Kintakedo shop in Gion. The hairpins and hair ornaments have been the specialty of the Kintakedo shop ever since it was established in the Edo period. Since then, it has been manufacturing and selling them to the Kamishichiken district among four other geiko districts, and still remains as the shop of choice for maiko and geiko in Kyoto to this day.
The above twelve decorative hairpins are intended for use by young maiko still in their "Wareshinobu" phase. As introduced in the previous issue, when a maiko enters her "Ofuku" stage, The design and color tone of the ornaments she wears change to a more subtle and serene form.
Ichimari/ Born in 1994 in Hiroshima. Came onto the scene on October 6th, 2010. 18 Years old
Ichimari, with her hairstyle arranged in Ofuku style, is wearing a pine, plum and bamboo style decorative hairpin which coincides with January. Compared to that of the bright and gorgeous "Wareshinobu," style, this decorative hairpin establishes a sweet atmosphere from which a more adult-like spirit radiates.
title] The vibrant "Wareshinobu" and the calming "Ofuku" hairstyles
A tightly formed Japanese headdress, and the many gorgeous accessories so flamboyantly placed upon it... this is the "Wareshinobu" hairstyle that typically comes to mind when thinking about maiko, and it is intended for younger women. The red cloth on the top and bottom, with the center hairclip (Kanoko-dome) overlaid on the circular hair bun gives off a vibrant impression.
"I go to Gion once a week for the hairdresser. Other than that, even while sleeping, I always try to keep my hair the same. I also always sleep on a high pillow as not to mess up my hairdo," says Ichitomo, smiling. Her hair style is still in the "Wareshinobu" stage but after two or three years she will change to the "Ofuku" hairstyle.
After entering the "Ofuku" stage, the Kanoko cloth woven through the hair bun changes to folded shape, which appears tied onto the hair, giving off a more mature and calm impression. During New Years, it changes to a special "Yakko," style while during Gion Festival it changes to special "Katsuyama" style. The hairstyle can be changed not only depending on the event, but also little by little as a young girl gradually becomes an adult. "I like the cute and colorful‘Wareshinobu' style, but I'm also looking forward to reaching the Ofuku stage, and becoming a little bit more adult-like." Ichitomo says that the day she will reach the Ofuku stage is getting close. It is just one more step in her journey to become a fully realized maiko.
花かんざし Ornamental Flower Hairpin
Each month, 12 months a year, a different flower design is used. Flower pedals of different subtle colors and made from Japanese Habutae silk are applied to the piece one by one.
鹿の子留め Kanoko-dome (Hair ornament pinned onto the back of the hair bun)
A special tie-dyed cloth used to emphasize the hair bun. When used as a hair tie for the "Wareshinobu" hair style, it gives off a vibrantimpression. However, after reaching the "Ofuku" stage, a simple "Ofukugake" cloth is used instead.
あかだま "Red Ball" Ornament on a silver stick
鬢 びん "Bin" (Rounded flanks of the hair)
These "Bin" start small during the "Wareshinobu" stage, and gradually become larger as a maiko progresses to the "Ofuku" stage. In the case of a maiko using her real hair, she may freely use various tools to emphasize the contours of the flanks (Konshi paper) or to augment their hair volume (Ketabo).
花かんざし Ornamental Flower Hairpin
たちばな Tachibana (Hairpin inserted into the back of the hair)
おふくがけ Ofuku-gake (a folded piece of cloth on the hair bun)