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Sakuragawa: A geisha and maiko RPG
Maiko and Geiko Ensembles in Sakuragawa 
20th-Feb-2012 01:00 pm
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This list corresponds to the stages of training maiko characters experience in Sakuragawa. Shikomi are not included on this list. Shikomi may wear Western clothing or Japanese clothing depending on the situation and the preferences of their okaasan. In situations demanding wafuku, they may wear casual kimono (komon) or yukata (summer only).

Many of the clothing and hairstyle changes here are based on actual changes that happen among the maiko in Kyoto. However, since not all of the details of these changes are known to folks outside of the Kyoto kagai (e.g. when and why do some maiko wind up with purple fabric in the ofuku or yakko shimada styles when others never do?) and since Sakuragawa isn't supposed to be Kyoto anyway, some details have been altered or invented for the game.


1) Minarai
- Bright, colorful kimono. Sleeves are short and lack tucks.
- Red and white juban.
- Collar: Red and white or red and white with some other colors (e.g. gold)
- Obi: Han-darari, no crest
- Obi age: Red and silver, not tied.
- Obi jime: Typically red and white, with large maiko-style obi dome
- Hairstyle: Wareshinobu
- Kanzashi: Typically pinwheels or very colorful imaginary flowers, though seasonal flowers (often with tassels instead of shidare) are also possible.
- Makeup: Full white face, only a portion of the bottom lip is painted.
- Footwear: Okobo with red straps

2) Misedashi
- Black formal kimono with a colorful, all-over pattern (which may be more concentrated at the skirt and sleeve bottoms), furisode sleeves with tucks.
- Red and gold juban.
- Collar: Red and white, usually with some other colors (especially gold)
- Obi: Full darari, usually in shades of white and gold but may also have other colors, with family crest
- Obi age: Red and silver, not tied
- No obi jime or obi dome
- Hairstyle: Wareshinobu
- Kanzashi: Tortoise-shell kanzashi and special misedashi ornaments
- Makeup: Full white face, only the lower lip painted
- Footwear: Okobo with red straps

3) Maiko, first year
- Bright, colorful kimono will all-over pattern
- Red and white juban
- Red and white collar with more red than white
- Obi: Darari, multiple colors, with family crest
- Obi age: Red and silver, not tied
- Obi jime: Multiple colors with obi dome (except with very formal wear)
- Hairstyle: Wareshinobu
- Kanzashi: Large groups of small seasonal flowers with shidare
- Makeup: Full white face, only the lower lip painted
- Footwear: Okobo with red straps

4) Maiko, second year
- Bright, colorful kimono with all-over patterns. Patterns may be larger/less busy than with first-year maiko.
- Red and white juban.
- Red and white collar with slightly more white, but still mostly red.
- Obi: Darari, multiple colors, with family crest
- Obi age: Red and silver, not tied
- Obi jime: Multiple colors with obi dome (except for formal wear)
- Hairstyle: Wareshinobu
- Kanzashi: Large groups of small seasonal flowers without shidare
- Makeup: Full white face with both lips painted
- Footwear: Okobo with red or pink straps

5) Maiko, third year
- Bright, colorful kimono. Pattern confined to hem, bottom of sleeves, left shoulder (with exceptions, e.g. full shibori kimono). Colors may be more subdued than on first and second-year kimono.
- Red and white juban
- Red and white collar, with about even amounts of each color
- Obi: Darari, multiple colors with family crest
- Obi age: Red and silver, tied
- Obi jime: Multiple colors with obi dome (except for formal wear)
- Hairstyle: Wareshinobu until 18th birthday, then switches to ofuku with red
- Kanzashi: Groups of larger seasonal flowers. Ofuku uses red cloth.
- Makeup: Full white face, both lips painted
- Footwear: Okobo with red, pink, or light yellow straps

6) Maiko, fourth year
- Subdued but still colorful kimono. Pattern confined to hems and sleeve bottoms.
- Red and white juban.
- Red and white collars, more white than red. Collar will become completely white at 19th birthday.
- Obi: Darari, multiple colors with family crest
- Obi age: Red and silver, tied
- Obi jime: Multiple colors with obi dome (except for formal wear)
- Hairstyle: Ofuku with red fabric, switches to pink on 19th birthday
- Kanzashi: Three seasonal flowers with a comb (instead of bridge), may change to one large flower with comb at 19th birthday
- Makeup: Full white face, both lips painted.
- Footwear: Okobo with red, pink, light yellow, or blue straps

7) Maiko, fifth year
- Subdued but colorful kimono with pattern confined to the hem and a small portion of the sleeve bottoms.
- Red and white juban.
- White collar, though some okaasan may choose to use a red and gold collar during sakkou.
- Obi: Darari, multiple colors with family crest
- Ogi age: tied red and silver
- Obi jime: Multiple colors with obi dome (except with formal wear)
- Hairstyle: Ofuku with blue or purple fabric, comb, and single large seasonal flower. The Hoshino maiko typically only wear blue OR purple fabric with the ofuku style, while Ishida, Harukawa, and Kobayashi maiko typically start the year with blue (which they wear for 2-6 months) and then switch to purple. Two and a half months prior to erikae, the hairstyle changes to a special style of okaasan’s choice (yakko shimada, oshiyun, osafuna, kikugasane, or oshidori no ina). Two weeks before, the style switches to sakkou with special sakkou kanzashi. If the girl has decided to quit rather than become a geiko, she skips sakkou.
- Makeup: full white face with both lips painted. May include ohaguro during all or part of sakkou at the discretion of the maiko and her okaasan
- Footwear: Okobo with red, pink, light yellow, blue, or light purple straps.




8) Erikae (becoming geiko)
- Black formal kimono with pattern on the skirt.
- Red and gold juban
- White collar
- Obi: Fukuro, tied in otaiko style, usually white and gold (sometimes with colors)
- Obi age: red, tied.
- Obi jime: Flat, white or another solid color
- Hairstyle: katsura in takashimada
- Kanzashi: Various appropriate tortoiseshell pieces, corals, stones, etc.
- Makeup: Full white face with both lips painted
- Footwear: Light wood komachi geta with any color straps

9) Geiko (until age 30)
- Kimono in any colors (more subdued than maiko kimono and with pattern usually confined to the hem, though sometimes a small pattern may appear at the bottom or one sleeve or the kimono may have a small, all-over pattern)
- Red and white juban. Geiko past their first year may also opt for pink or blue. Jikata geiko at any stage may choose white.
- White collar
- Fukuro obi, many different colors
- Obi age: Any color, though various combinations of red and white are common
- Obi jime: Flat or round, variety of colors
- Hairstyle: Katsura in takashimada, tsubushi shimada, or natural hair styled in kyofu shimada or chuu shimada for special occasions
- Makeup: Full white face with both lips painted.
- Footwear: Zori or komachi geta with any color straps.

Geiko past age 30 may opt to style their own hair in modern styles and to wear Western-style makeup to most engagements, though they may be required to wear wigs or style their hair in traditional styles and to wear full white makeup for participation in events like the annual dances.

10) Jimae geiko for jimae aisatsu
- Kimono in any color (does not have to be kuromontsuki)
- Juban in any color appropriate for the season and her age.
- White collar
- Fukuro obi, many colors
- Obi age: Any appriopriate color
- Obi jime: Any appropriate color
- Hairstyle: Katsura in takashimada or tsubushi shimada (whichever the geiko in question prefers to wear)
- Makeup: Full white face with both lips painted
- Footwear: zori or komachi geta as appropriate for the outfit and season.


11) Special Events
- Junior and Senior Maiko: Osomemage
- Senior Only: Oshiyun, Yuiwata, Katsuyama, Yakko Shimada, Osafune, Kikugasane,
- Maiko and Geiko: Chuu shimada

Additional Notes
- Shikomi, minarai, maiko, and geiko living in the okiya are dressed by the okaasan, who has the final say over almost every aspect of their clothing. Each okaasan may allow her charges to have some level of say in what they wear, e.g. by letting them choose some small aspect of their outfit like the maezashi or the color of their kobo straps (when there is a choice to be made).
- Independent geiko have the freedom to choose their own ensembles, but they are also expected to purchase and maintain their own work wardrobe

Details of 5th-year hairstyle changes for each okiya:
1) Hoshino: At the start of the fifth year, the maiko wears the ofuku hairstyle. The triangular cloth at the back of the bun changes from pink to either blue or purple, whichever Kogiku thinks suits the maiko best or will get the most attention. Hoshino maiko typically wear Oshiyun before switching to Sakkou, but may wear another style if Kogiku thinks it suits the maiko better.
2) Ishida: At the start of the fifth year, the maiko wears the ofuku hairstyle with a blue cloth at the back of the bun. After 3-4 months, the cloth is switched to purple. Ishida maiko typically wear Kikugasane before switching to Sakkou, though it is known that Ichisei wore Oshiyun and her older sister had begun wearing Osafune before leaving. Okaasan takes her maiko's preferences into consideration when choosing a style, though the final decision is hers.
3) Harukawa: At the start of the fifth year, the maiko wears the ofuku hairstyle with a blue cloth at the back of the bun. After six months the cloth is switched to purple. Harukawa maiko typically wear Oshidori no Ina before switching to Sakkou.
4) Kobayashi: At the start of the fifth year, the maiko wears the ofuku hairstyle with a blue cloth at the back of the bun. After 1-2 months, the cloth is switched to purple. Kobayashi maiko usually wear Osafune before switching to Sakkou, but like the Ishida okaasan, Toshiyasu will take her girls' preferences into consideration when choosing a pre-sakkou style.


Comments 
24th-Feb-2012 02:45 am (UTC)
This is really detailed! You must have worked so hard on it!
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