purple / pink / flower / girl / winter / bokeh : maiko (geisha apprentice) kyoto, japan / canon 7d 日本・京都 舞妓 梅ちほさん
The maiko (apprentice geisha) Umechiho. Together with other maiko and geiko (geisha) of the Kamishichiken district, she was hosting an open air tea ceremony at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
As Umechiho is a first year maiko, only her lower lip is painted red.
The colourful flower hairpins that decorate the hair of maiko (apprentice geisha) are known as hana kanzashi. These flower ornaments change monthly to express the season. Umechiho wears a kanzashi of plum blossom flowers for February.
Kyoto was the capital of Japan from 794 until 1868. It is now the seventh largest city in Japan. In Kyoto geisha are known as geiko and trainee geisha are known as maiko.