Sunday, May 12, 2013

Maiko and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Craft

Hello,I hope you're having a wonderful day^ ^
Today I visited "Kyoto Museum of Traditional Craft" in Kyoto.
On every Sunday,we can see maiko's dance and crafts artizan's demonstration.
During maiko's dance,photos are not permitted,it's a pity,
but after dance,she had a look around this museum,
so fortunately I could take a photo of her.
Let us check her fashion.
Today's her fashion is based around the color bright green and red.
Maiko is very season-conscious,
"Bright green" is considered to be the most suitable color in this May season.
And please look at her kanzashi(ornamental hairpin),it is wisteria.
In May,maiko wear this wisteria kanzashi.
Because May is the season of blooming wisteria.
And this big obi is interesting.
Maiko wears this big obi.(Geiko doesn't wear this big obi.)
This is a design of river streams,
the color contrast of white and red is interesting.
She seems enjoying walking around the museum.
I found lacquer ware artizan.
This lacquer ware box is made by him.
As you see,it is really shiny,lustrous,
it is beautiful.
He said that it took him 6 month to make this box.
It costs around hundreds of thousands yen.
This dragonfly is realistic.
Its wings are made of mother-of pearl,he said.
And these flowers are Houttuynia (kind of herb),he said.
Gold powder is sprinkled,this technique is called "Makie".
"Be realistic" is one of the characteristics of Japanese traditional design.

This museum is located near Heian Jingu shrine.Sunday afternoon is good for visiting,

Thank you for visiting my blog,I'm happy if you enjoy it.
please have a wonderful day!


  1. Hi, Kumiko! I knew about the museum but I had no time to visit. Now I see it would have been worth.

    Good for you, you saw the maiko's performance, and how lucky to see her so near and even photograph her! A very nice post, Kumiko, I enjoyed it!

    Tommorrow I'll fly to Seoul, so I will be much nearer to Japan:)

  2. The laquer box is exquisite! I love it!

  3. @Traveling Hawk,

    Thank you,Traveling Hawk!
    Indeed,it is difficult to choose where to go in Kyoto,because there are so many good sights! But your decision was right,I think.
    Next time,please visit there.

    There were many exhibits in this museum,unfortunately camera is forbidden,only these photos were permitted.

    Yeah,I was lucky enough to take maiko's photo,and if you enjoy it,I'm so happy^ ^
    Me too,I love this laquer box! It is wonderful.

  4. Thank you for posting this ! Green and wisteria ?! That's interesting to know ( I notice you have many posts on maiko ^^ ) In the top pictures, she is visiting the lacquer ware artist exhibit ? She looks so young. so many (Japanese) people photographing her ^^
    It's very interesting to see so many traditional arts together ( maiko, kimono, tsumame kanzashi, lacquerware... ) The lacquer box is fantastic ! Hundreds of thousands of yen ? For 6 months of work, it should be millions.. I hope he gets an apprentice : this kind of art should not be allowed to die out.

  5. @Walter,
    Thank you,Walter!

    Exactly,she is visiting the lacquer ware artist exhibit,after her dance demonstration finished.
    Yes,I think she is in her teens or twenties.

    Yes,this Museum is located near Heian-Jingu,and we can see this Maiko event on every Sunday.
    Pity taking photos are not permitted in this Museum,so I can't show you many other interesting exhibits.They were so nice.
    On this day,we could see lacquer ware artisan,
    the artisans vary depending on the day.

    Yes,It is natural that you think so,
    me too,I thought it should be millions,
    so I asked him about that.
    He said,"Million is too high. This price is under million."
    But it is worth million!
    Yes,I agree,I do hope these art and technique will be handed down to next generation.
    Now the number of successors are diminishing in Japan,it is serious problem.

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