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Nov 22, 2011

舞妓はん  Maiko Experience

first posted on October 19




京都にはたくさん舞妓体験できるところがありますね。

いつも気にはなっていたのですが、なかなか敷居は高く…。(年齢が…あせる


この6月に姉と京都に行ったとき、とうとう挑戦してみることになりました。


Do you know there are many studios in Kyoto where you can dress up like Maiko and have your pictures taken?

I knew that for a long time, but didn't have guts to give it a try. (my age…あせる


Finally, this June, when I visited Kyoto with my sister, we gathered all our courage to try it.




たくさんある中で、私たちが選んだのは 「ぎをん彩」

Out of many studios, we chose "Gion Aya."
ぎをん彩 


http://kyoto-maiko.com/
(They have English pages. )


祇園の八坂神社の近くにあって、もとお茶屋さんだった建物だそうです。
建物そのものも素敵で興味深かったです。

It is located in Gion, close to Yasaka Shrine.
They made the old Ochaya (restaurant-house) into the studio.
So the studio itself was very nice and interesting.



ざっとこんな感じです。(基本プランです。)

まず最初にロッカールームで白い襦袢と足袋になります。

それからお化粧。白、黒、赤の三色しか使いません。
そして髪。

着物、帯、花かんざしは自分で選べます。
初夏でしたので藤を選びました。

着付けてもらって撮影。

坪庭で少し自由に写真など撮り、着物を脱いでロッカールームへ。
石鹸、シャンプー、タオルなどちゃんと揃っています。

帰り支度ができた頃には写真も出来上がっているというわけです。


This is how it goes. (their basic plan.)

First, we went to a locker room and changed into white Juban (undergarment) and Tabi(socks).

Then, they gave us makeup.
Interestingly, they only used three colors, white, red and black.
They also fixed our hair.

We could choose our Kimono, Obi and hair accessories.
As it was in the early summer, I picked wisteria.

Then they dressed us up and the photograper took our pictures.

After spending sometime in their small garden, we took off the kimono and then went back to the locker room.
They had everything we needed; soap, shampoo, and towels.

When we were ready to go, the pictures were ready, too.




合計で2時間半くらいかかったでしょうか。でもとっても楽しかったです。
スタッフの方たちもみんないい人たちでした。

これから京都は紅葉のベストシーズン。
もし興味がありましたら、ぜひどうぞ。

In total, it took about 2.5 hours, but it was so fun and interesting.
The staff were excellent.

Autumn is the wonderful time to visit Kyoto.
So, if you are interested, please give it a try.






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