• 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 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.
  • Maiko usually wear these long, dangling chains of silk petals in their first year
  • First year maiko (apprentice geisha) leave their upper lip unpainted.

purple / pink / flower / girl / winter / bokeh : maiko (geisha apprentice) kyoto, japan / canon 7d  日本・京都 舞妓 梅ちほさん 

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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.

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  1. Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Mary Posa Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ 27 months ago | reply

    realmente hermosa.... she's really beauty

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  3. Krasne oci 26 months ago | reply

    Very interesting detail.

  4. Rohdrygo 25 months ago | reply

    Very beautiful portrait!
    Good work!
    Rodrigo Ramos.

  5. brynmeillion - JAN 24 months ago | reply

    simply beautiful - bravo

  6. nobuflickr 24 months ago | reply

    So beautiful!!!!

  7. autumn rocks2012 23 months ago | reply

    pretty flower girl :)

  8. Alain-P 23 months ago | reply

    Perfect picture

  9. Colettezab 21 months ago | reply

    This is incredibly beautiful.

  10. Nature Exposed 21 months ago | reply

    A really beautiful photo

  11. Sarah Tester 17 months ago | reply

    Great work. This is gorgeous.

  12. adriaan.s 16 months ago | reply

    amazing portret, lovely colors thanks for sharing.

  13. Sylvia...Sometimes 14 months ago | reply

    Were I to go there, I would want to experience this world...Having read The Geisha, a
    true account of their lives there, it would be so intriguiging to have time with and interview
    a maiko even perhaps her teacher...Such a contrast between this older traditional time
    and the women living there today....
    Absolutely stunning, sensitive awareness in this photo...

  14. xjs55 13 months ago | reply

    优雅,恬静,好美!

  15. 發哥2010 12 months ago | reply

    謝謝分享

  16. aciamax 9 months ago | reply

    Michael Chandler from Middlesex, UK in Kyoto, Japan,
    A wonderful, colourful, well composed, beautiful, naturalistic, study of a Japanese Maiko in the Kamishichiken district, open air tea ceremony at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto, Japan..
    Please have a look at “My Favorites” : www.flickr.com/photos/aciamax/favorites to find your photo and the best of other top quality photographer’s art.

  17. vickyb500 7 months ago | reply

    Beautiful picture.

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