Fushimi Inari and Fukukimi-san

We changed our hotel after three days and moved to a hotel near the main station were we stayed another three nights.

Inside the Main Station we saw a group of Maiko and Geiko of Pontocho. They were Shinaju, Hisasuzu and Ichifuku and two other women which I didn't recognize. Maybe Okasan. they were all wearing normal kimono.
After searching for it for a while we found it, left our luggage there and went to see Fushimi Inari Shrine.

We took the big route over the hill and needed about two hours. It was hot, but the many Tori and trees gave some shadows.
There were many moskitos around. I wouldn't go there with short trousers again ;-)

Later we were dining at Mos Burger - a japanese fast food restaurant. I will write a review of the food I tried during my trip when I have finished my travel diary here.

After dining at Mos Burger we walked back to our hotel and took the route via Miyagawacho. It was about half past ten p.m.
And this time I was brave enough to ask a Maiko-san for a picture.
Fukukimi-san came up to us very slowly, so I dared to ask her. She stopped, posed for me and as I thanked her, she thanked me too with an 'Ohkini' and continued her way.
I was in heaven! She was so cute and friendly, I surely will never forget this moment.

We continued our way as we saw a group of Maiko and geiko parting.

Kimika-san came our way and I greeted her with her name and asked for a picture too. She was so friendly and let me take her picture too. ^v^
(which i'm not going to post here, since the lighting is bad)
She had a really perplexed look on her face as I greeted her with her name ^v^

Maiko and Geiko- san we have seen this day:

1 Maiko that I didn't recognize
Miyoharu ?
2 Maiko in a taxi

All without formal attire. (some of them in the morning as we left our hotel)

Fukue (with a spectacular dragonfly kanzashi)
1 Maiko which I didn't recognize.

All in full attire


Day 7 - A special day

Maiko Ichitomi and Chiyoko
Plans for tuesday were kind of different as we got an invitation to follow a flickr member into his Shukubou (the ochaya where he is guest) where we had lunch.

The okasan was a very nice woman and very hospitable.

Maiko Ichitomi and Maiko Chiyoko entered the ochaya greeting the okasan while they made some visits in the hanamachi.
The okasan asked them to come in.

So this is how the picture was taken.
The girls were really nice and even gave us their senjafuda/ hanameishi (Business card)

It was such a great experience. I still cannot believe that this really happened.
I`m grateful and feel very honoured.

Later this day we went to the Shijo Dori and visited the Kanzashi Shop Ikuokaya. I bought two Maiko Kanzashi sets via the internet some time ago and was now happy to visit the shop. To our great surprise one staff member spoke german.

I bought a Maiko comb for summer and a small kanzashi as a gift for a friend.

I couldn't decide to buy the Junior Maiko June Kanzashi which I want to buy for a long time now.

And we have been at Kanshindo and bought some cakes as a present for the owner of our Ryokan.
Readers of Lesley Downers Book: Geisha - might know it.

Box with cakes from Kanshindo

In the evening we have been dining at a restaurant in Pontocho. I had Beef sukiyaki and my friend sushi with eggplant and avocado pear.

Beef Sukiyaki and Avocado Pear Sushi
Lantern with Crest of Pontocho - Chidori/Plover
The entrance of the Restaurant
On our way back we saw a geiko in normal attire (no wig and makeup) in a beautiful green kimono with a black obi with shimmering pattern. Unfortunately I didn't know her face. I'm bad at recognizing Pontocho Geiko.

Maiko we have seen this day:

Katsumi (on her last day before her retirement/ with Maiko hairstyle)

All in normal kinono without makeup


With complete Maiko kimono and makeup

So this was the best birthday that I ever celebrated ^v^