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    The mingthein.com Tokyo October 2012 Workshop report


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    1. jon700 18 months ago | reply

      Great shot

    2. MissMyloko 18 months ago | reply

      Very nice! You managed to capture of a photograph of a hangyoku (a Tokyo apprentice geisha) ^^

    3. mingthein 18 months ago | reply

      Thanks! We weren't sure if it was a maiko or geisha - how can you tell the difference?

    4. MissMyloko 18 months ago | reply

      Maiko is the Kyoto term for an apprentice geisha. Their apprenticeship usually lasts longer than a Hangyoku and they have more intense imersion into their art (example: maiko have their own hair styled once a week in traditional Edo styles and sleep on special pillows while hangyoku, like the woman above, wears a wig).

      Discerning between a full geisha and a hangyoku by sight is the type of kimono that they wear. The hangyoku above is wearing a furisode, a kimono with long, swinging sleeves normally worn by unmarried women that can be quite flashy. Geisha, on the other hand, wear kimono with shorter sleeves and more mature patterns since they are supposed to attract customers with their artistic skills and not their looks ^^

    5. mingthein 18 months ago | reply

      What a wealth of information - thank you!

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