Kisetsubana

Every month apprentice geisha, called maiko (舞子 or 舞妓, literally "dance child") wear a different seasonal flower kanzashi (kisetsubana). The main motifs for such kanzashi basically never change, being attached with natural cycle of the year. Every month is a different set of flowers, plants, animals and objects that are associated with that specific time of the year.

 

Thus, for example, in January you will have designs changing from ywar to year, but they consist of generally the same motifs associated with winter. In July on the other hand one can spot fireworks and dragonflies.

 

From time to time you can spot absolutely individual kanzashi made for maiko who go towards individual and unexampeled designs, but in every case they are in one way or another connected with the season.

 

JANUARY

JULY

FEBRUARY

 

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

Phot. Onihide

JUNE

 

BONUS

 

Throughout the years I was more then once asked to make a mini maiko kanzashi, thus, they deserve a little of their own space here .

So let the lovely maiko take you for a stroll on the bonsai garden of kanzashi ;)