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Revisited: Pine Needles by Fuyou-hime Revisited: Pine Needles by Fuyou-hime
I was looking through my pictures from my stay in Japan, and I thought I should post some of the images I never used.

This is a Gion Kobu maiko named Mamesaku during her misedashi, or her debut as a maiko. Her kimono was incredibly beautiful, but that darari obi was simply awe-inspiring. I have yet to see another one like it.

Unfortunately, Mamesaku quit the profession in 2011. From what I understand, her family home in the Aomori prefecture was partially destroyed by the Tohoku earthquake.
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Chromarin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014   General Artist
One of the best things about your photos from Japan are your comments, very educational/informational!

Of course, the photoes themselves are very beautifull, too! :)
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Fuyou-hime Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Thank you very much :).
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AngelSamui Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What a shame that she had to leave the profession. But what remarkable photos you have of her debut!
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Fuyou-hime Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Thank you very much :).

It really is sad that she had to leave. Mamesaku always seemed so cheerful, I think she would have done really well.
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