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  • 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. Umeraku wears a kanzashi of plum blossom flowers for February.
  • Maiko usually wear these long, dangling chains of silk petals in their first year
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flower / people / portrait / face / japanese / beauty : maiko, kyoto japan / canon 7d  日本・京都 舞妓 梅らくさん

The maiko (apprentice geisha) Umeraku. 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 Umeraku 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. Umeraku 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. GrazyZiella 21 months ago | reply

    WOW!!!!! love it!

  2. heyilovepie 21 months ago | reply

    can I have permission to use this photo as a reference please? It is soooooo beautiful

  3. El Turco de Bragado 21 months ago | reply

    emocionante imagen!

  4. SquishedTofu 21 months ago | reply

    This is so beautiful. Wonderful shot!

  5. IzzyForever 21 months ago | reply

    This is so beautiful.

  6. ipon1 20 months ago | reply

    Une "Galerie" extraordinaire ... !!!

    Amazing Work .

  7. s.yau* 20 months ago | reply

    Beautiful capture!!

  8. Kro Eshi 17 months ago | reply

    Beauty!! ^_^

  9. Lydia Rootes Photography 17 months ago | reply

    This is such a beautiful photo

  10. Rabari-fan 17 months ago | reply

    Sensational purity

  11. LotteLeeMøller 16 months ago | reply

    Fantastic capture!!

  12. changterry1994 12 months ago | reply

    Amazing!! The eyes, the concentration and the pure beauty made me speechless.

  13. Noel Z. Gondek 8 months ago | reply

    gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!! fav

  14. Ludothum 6 months ago | reply

    Fabulous portrait!

  15. Blackfords 5 months ago | reply

    Okay....where do I order her???

  16. maruchan1971 5 weeks ago | reply

    すごく綺麗ですね

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