General travel and photography blog. I am not very good at photography and hope maybe this blog will encourage me to improve! I was living in Japan for a year. I wanted a place where I could look back and view my time there as well as family, friends and random interested parties being able to see what I was getting up to. Now I have returned to the UK I shall endeavour to continue finding interesting things in my daily life to photograph.
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This is something that is important to me and I wanted to express to others why it’s important. One of my main research topics as a student of Japanese studies is the flower and willow world; the communities in which geisha and Maiko practice in. I have met quite a few people who went to Kyoto and claim to have a snap of a geisha amongst their travel photos only for me to inform them that they are not a real maiko, but a henshin maiko.
Henshin maiko are tourists/normal people who go to a specialist studio, dress up as a maiko and have fun in costume for a few hours. I have also personally done this and had immense fun. I think so long as people behave correctly and bear in mind the fact that 9/10 people will probably mistake you for the real thing then henshin do no harm. It’s a fun experience for the person doing it and other tourists are easily able to capture an image of a maiko costume. (Although henshin costumes do have slight inaccuracies, most people can’t tell the difference).
However I do feel it’s important that people are not ignorant of the fact that henshin exist and that they are not related to the maiko profession. Not only that, but the way you’d treat a real maiko and a henshin maiko are very different. I also feel it’s misleading for people to think that they will just randomly spot a real maiko in the street. Here is a short guide to spotting the real ones:
1. If she stops when asked for a photo in the street, poses etc then it is definitely a henshin. When real maiko can be see walking around in the street they are going from job to job, whilst doing this they are on the clock i.e. paid. Because of this you should respect that they are working and not attempt to stop them. However if you respectfully keep distance and not walk in front of them it is possible to photograph them whilst walking. The best time to see them is in Gion, near the Gion Corner theatre around 5pm. You may also bump into them around any of the hanamachi after this time but it will be by chance, around 5-6 is when many maiko and geiko start work.
2. Any event officially organised by a hanamachi; Gion kobu, Gion Higashi, Pontocho, Miyagawacho and Kamishichiken, will have real maiko and geiko. At Gion Corner theatre it is possible to view dances by real maiko and geiko specially put on for tourists. This is far more affordable than other performances. In the summer Kamishichiken and Miyagawacho have beer gardens in their respective kaburenjo. Last summer Pontocho also had events in the kaburenjo. These sorts of events tend to be more intimate and it is possible to meet real maiko and geiko. For the beer gardens however I would question how much one would get out of it if one could not speak Japanese. They are casual, conversation based affairs. Check tourist information, they will have a list of what hanamachi is doing what at the time.
This is all I can think of for now! If I have any more hot tips I will update later.
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So… Like the smart person that I am I decided that actually I do want to go to MCM London. It’s 2 and a bit weeks away and I have just started my cosplay. I am doing nightingale armour from Skyrim. This is 2 days progress!
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New dress by the Japanese brand Grimoire. Released in Japan next month, I bought this on pre-sale at Revelry, London.
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I had such a great time at Revelry!! Caught up with old friends and made new. I love being a British Lolita!!
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