Saturday, November 18, 2006

About hair accessory of Maiko

maiko, Gion area, Kyoto sightseeing
maiko, Gion area, Kyoto sightseeing
maiko, Gion area, Kyoto sightseeing
Maiko's hair accessories are rather cute and decorative. Maikos change them every month. Maple and ginkgo leaves are their major motifs in November.

The small green accessory shows that she is fresh maiko.

I heard that it is expensive to have their hair set and that they can wash their hair only once a week. Plus, much oil is needed to set their hair. Surprisingly, they don't use normal shampoo but dishwashing detergent to wash their hair!!
Location by Google Map

7 Comments:

At 11/18/2006 11:08 PM, Anonymous w said...

Great post! So interesting...the maiko traditions and practices. Bet their heads itch a lot. :-)
Anyway, I was back checking your previous posts on what a maiko is and came across your post of September 26th. Sensu Use #5 had me rolling on the floor with laughter!! :-) Great job!

 
At 11/19/2006 4:17 AM, Blogger Mimmu said...

Thank you posting this photos! I love them!
And I think this oil make them to need dish washing detergent :)
I don`t know much these maiko traditions, I think, I must go to Google!

What about Japanese kimonos? I think, they are also like art pieces.

 
At 11/19/2006 5:11 AM, Blogger Zsolt72 said...

I love when you post about japanese historical things. This hairdo is wonderful and I loved to read the details

 
At 11/19/2006 1:22 PM, Blogger macky said...

w, mimmu and zsolt72,
thank you for comments!!

w: thank you for seeing another photo all the way. They have their hair set and wear kimono in the same way even in summer and so sounds itching a lot!
mimmu:I will post the kimono soon and so could you wait?
zsolt72: thank you for enjoying this blog!!

 
At 11/19/2006 10:09 PM, Anonymous Dave said...

I love these! It's a little surprising that Maiko like this still exist. I thought they were ancient history already! I wonder if the Maiko you have today are the same as the ones in the past, or different? Here in Thailand, women are taught to dance in the traditional style and dress in grade school. Is it the same in Japan?

 
At 11/21/2006 8:24 PM, Blogger Lunar Chick said...

She looks like a porcelain doll!
I'm not surprised they use dishwashing soap... imagine what their hair is like after all that oil?!

 
At 11/21/2006 10:50 PM, Blogger macky said...

dave: I think the Maiko today is the same as the ones in the past. But I don't know exactly. Women in Japan, unlike your country, are not taught to dance and dress in a traditional way. Maiko is only in Kyoto and one of very special professions.
lunar chick: Do you happen to see or watch sumo wrestlers? The oil they use is almost the same as the one Maiko use.

 

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