April: cherry blossom, hanakanzashi

Kintakedo and Photo by Takayama Kengo, A-PROJECTS2015

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
Kyoto, Japan

  Maiko wear hanakanzashi with different flowers each month. Including the hairpin associated with the Gion Festival, 13 types are needed in total. In addition, the various geisha districts hold dance meetings in the spring. These are the Miyako Odori (associated with the Gion Koubu district), the Gion Odori (Gion Higashi), the Kyo Odori (Miyagawacho), the Kamogawa Odori (Pontocho), and the Kitano Odori (Kamishichiken). For these meetings, hairpins with designs unique to each geisha district are made, as well as hairpins that suit that year’s performance, costumes or dancers.


  • Title: April: cherry blossom, hanakanzashi
  • Creator: Kintakedo, Photo by Takayama Kengo, A-PROJECTS
  • Date Created: 2015
  • Rights: © Kintakedo

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