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Oiran were high-ranking courtesans of the feudal period in Japan who wore tall lacquered footwear or Koma-geta (or mitsu-ashi – three legs). Unlike geisha and maiko, who only entertained by conversation, singing and dancing, oiran and tayuu were the highest rank in the hierarchy of prostitution in the pleasure quarters. Whereas geisha and maiko wear tabi socks, the oiran and tayuu preferred not to do so (even in the winter) and their toes can be seen poking out under many layers of kimono while wearing these tall geta. A tiny hint of bare flesh must have been very appealing in the Edo period! These shoes were most likely worn to ensure there was no confusion between geisha, maiko and oiran / tayuu. However, an amazing skill of balance must have been required to walk with these geta with their 10″ platforms. One sometimes sees maiko hobbling along in Okobo, but the pace must have been even more arduous in these tall geta. This particular pair is most likely Taisho period (1912-1926) or early 20th century.

They usually reserved these shoes for special occasions, like her debut “misedashi”. An oiran would have one hand on a man’s shoulder, and walk in an elaborate 8 shaped gait with her posse of people.

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NEWS: Tomitsuyu debuted today as a maiko in Gion Higashi!!!


Her onesan - geiko Tsunekazu and maiko Tomitae helped with her attire on this special day. The formal black crested kimono is patterned with wisteria, waves, dianthus and other seasonal flowers. Her obi is covered with cranes. Tomitsuyu will continue to wear this outfit for the following three days.



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Hikizuri patterns for May



May is a month of Wisteria (which is my favourite motif) and maiko wear the most beautiful outfits then in my opinion ^^

I desperately want a kimono like Sayaka’s one:


Generally in May, maiko wear light colors like pink, purple or blue, wisteria patterns (on hikizuri and obi) or other seasonal flowers


And this kind of kimono (pattern) is extremely popular, I guess almost every okiya has similar one:


My two other favourites: