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^

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