Maiko (舞妓)

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Maiko are 15-20 years old trainees who want to be geiko, who perform for VIPs during feasts (slightly different from geisha), in Kyoto, Japan. They are learning singing, dancing, playing the shamisen or the koto, traditional Japanese instruments, and proper Kyoto dialect. 

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Made in Japan by CHIEKO (my mom)

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Warabe (童)

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The typical child’s kimono for a girl over the age of six. This would have been a casual kimono worn black in the days when kimonos are part of the daily attire. Kimono obi fabric used for center piece.

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Made in Japan by CHIEKO (my mom)

Plaid (格子縞)

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The crisp linen plaid fabric has a very sophisticated combination of tan, brown, and black. The fabric is called Bsho Fu, made from Ryukyu Ito Basho (Ryukyu yarn Banana) leaves in Okinawa. This tie reminds me of Jimmy-san’s love for wearing plaid & brown tones; this happens to be one of his favorites.

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Made in Japan by CHIEKO (my mom)

Ukiyo-E (浮世絵)

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Classical 17th century Japanese artwork. Ukiyo-e translates, ‘pictures of the floating world’. My sister’s yukata obi is used for center piece.

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Made in Japan by CHIEKO (my mom)

New Year Games (新年の遊び)

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These children are playing traditional Japanese new year games, Hanetsuki, Kemari, & Kami-fusen. These games bring the family together in fun and laughter. Center portion is kimono obi.

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Made in Japan by CHIEKO (my mom)