3 September 2010

Maiko Mamehana 豆はな

Maiko Mamehana, portrait
Gion, Kyoto 2010



How great to see Maiko Mamehana for the first time. She is from the Hanamachi of Gion-Kobu. She was at Ihee, the famous handicraft shop in Gion for a photo session. People who entered the shop were quite surprised, wondering if she was real or not...that kind of event must probably be the least interesting part of being a Maiko. Anyway, I enjoyed seeing her and shooting some portraits with my 50mm. The place was not crowded at all and the conditions for the pictures were good. And of course Mamehana-san was beautiful and held such a great pose for this series.
Her Kanzashi (hair ornament) represents a purple morning glory (asagao, liseron) which is the other possible kanzashi in August with the suzuki grass.





Maiko Mamehana, portrait
Gion, Kyoto 2010


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