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ぽっくりと花びら pokkuri and flower petals

Posted on: May 24, 2010

i finally came back from my weekend trip to kyoto >w< it was quite tiring but well worth the time!

i've been to kyoto a few times in the past but my main purpose in going down this time was to do my maiko photoshoot. i’ve been wanting to do it for a really long time now, but there wasn’t enough time and now that i don’t have classes on friday, i finally have the chance to go on short weekend trips!

i’ve had my sights set on studio shiki ever since i stumbled upon the site, and i am really glad i went with it in the end! the staff were very professional and helpful, and it wasn’t as tiring or troublesome experience as some people who have been through say it was – rather, it was quite relaxing and felt more like a spa treatment to me hahah!

i chose the mini outdoor photography plan 🙂 it costs 16,000円 but upon arrival, they took one look at my hair and asked me if i was willing to pay an extra 2,100円 to use part of my own hair, which would look more natural. i agreed because i’ve seen photos of people with wigs that looked way too obvious in their photos 😀


it was a really sunny day so i was worried about how the photos would turn out, but they were really nice!


i chose a more traditional and mature kimono because i originally wanted a red one, and the closest they had to red was pink, which had a modern motif… so in the end i went with this one! darker colours were really pretty too, especially the blue, green or purple… i had a REALLY hard time making up my mind!


it was really hard not to smile really wide, because we’re not supposed to show any teeth!


maiko, otherwise known as apprentice geisha (or geiko as they are called in kyoto), are well-known for their distinctively flashy darari obi, which literally means “dangling obi. apprentice maiko, on the other hand, wear their obi in the same way but at half the length.


the white make-up is very distinctive as well, especially around the nape of the neck. it is painted in such a way to create the illusion of a mask, by leaving a thin line of bare skin around the face.


it was really good that i went on a weekday as well, because it means less crowds and people that would get in the way hahah!


the mysterious thing was… it was really hot and sunny but i wasn’t sweating AT ALL :O WHY??


can you see where my real hair was used, and where the wig is?


the wind was blowing at the right time! the special raised sandals that maiko wear are called okobo officially, but in kyoto they are also called pokkuri from the sound that they make on the stone pavements when walking. a lot of people have been warned that it is really hard to walk while wearing them, but it was fairly easy for me 🙂


a close-up. i wish i could smile in a happier way but there was no way i can do that without showing any teeth… oh well.


one of my favourite shots 🙂


when i look at close-up photos like these, i feel really glad that i opted for the half-wig… it looks so natural!!!


the mini plan includes 30 photos taken outdoors. the full outdoor plan comes with 60 photos, but it was more expensive so in the end i chose this one! there are cheaper studio photography plans as well, but i figured outdoor shots will be better since it would look more natural 🙂

being a kimono lover, it was a really fun experience, and i must admit that i am now addicted! i am really tempted to do it again!!! i highly suggest this for anyone with a bit of money and time to spare in kyoto… it’s truly a wonderful experience!

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10 Responses to "ぽっくりと花びら pokkuri and flower petals"

awesomeeeeeee!

thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
and how come you say you like the way i dress???

Wonderful pictures!!! You looks so poised in them all. If you don’t mind me asking, how much money did the experience cost you?
^_^

it was about ¥18,220 🙂
the original plan was ¥16,000 but i added about ¥2,100 for the half-wig and ¥120 for tabi socks because i forgot to bring mine 😦

Amazing! You look lovely! 🙂

thank you!

hello! i am wenjia, from singapore!

actually i have been following ur blog for a while

found it when looking for information on heiwa nakajima scholarship (didnt get it in the end..)

continued following your blog because of the wonderful photos u take!

loving ur posts! =)

thank you! 🙂
i’m glad you enjoyed my photos… have a nice day! ❤

You’re so PRETTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTY~!!! <3<3<3

you finally come online lol

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