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The shikomi, maiko and geiko of the Miyajima-chou hanamachi celebrated Miyabikai Osendo recently, where everyone was wearing their new yukata and prayed to the gods to make progress in their performing arts. Also recently was the celebration of the Gion Festival (Gion Matsuri), where several members of the hanamachi were chosen to ride along the floats that rode through the streets of Kyoto, ...

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July 2018: Geiko Ayano (Yamaguchi Okiya), Geiko Momifuku (Yamaguchi Okiya), Geiko Hisamomo (Tanmika Okiya) and Geiko Ichino (Yamaguchi Okiya) of Pontocho performing the Kabuki Odori during the finale of the Gion Matsuri. Source: d17529 on Instagram

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Maiko Suzuei, Sanchō, Hiroko and Hatsuko of Gion Kobu sitting around a lacquered table in a teahouse; 1926. Especially Hiroko and Hatsuko were popular models for photographers and both went on to have long and successful careers. Source: Blue Ruin 1 on Flickr

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September 26th, 2017: Photos of the Misedashi (formal debut) of maiko, Fumiyuki (ふみ幸) of Katsufumi Okiya (勝ふみ) in Kamishichiken, Kyoto, Japan. Katsufumi Okiya is a brand new okiya and this is their first misedashi and first maiko! Many prayers for the success of both the okiya and in Fumiyuki’s career! Photos by Takenaka Kunihiko (竹中邦彦) on Facebook.

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September 26th, 2017: Photos of the Misedashi (formal debut) of maiko, Fumiyuki (ふみ幸) of Katsufumi Okiya (勝ふみ) in Kamishichiken, Kyoto, Japan. Katsufumi Okiya is a brand new okiya and this is their first misedashi and first maiko! Many prayers for the success of both the okiya and in Fumiyuki’s career! Photos by Takenaka Kunihiko (竹中邦彦) on Facebook.

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July 2017: Maiko Umehina (Umeno Okiya) of Kamishichiken dressed in a royal blue kimono for the height of summer. Umehina had her Misedahi on the 4th of July in 2016, so she has completed her first full year as a Maiko this month and now paints both of her lips. Source: Yuko Umeno on Instagram

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March 2018: Maiko Konami (Nakagishi Okiya) of Gion Kobu next to this year’s Miyako Odori poster, featuring her as the model. Source: Kinmokusei on Instagram

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