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How To Look Like A Geisha

When I left Sanjusangen-do Temple, I heard a clear loud voice chanting. It was this monk.

He goes at a fast clip.

Really fast.

I guess he goes around the perimeter of his temple complex and chants to protect the area. I enjoyed hearing it as I set off to find the Studio Shiki where I had an appointment at a –

Long-established photo shop specializing in Maiko/Geiko Transformation.

I wanted to walk because the last time I went to Japan, (for three weeks), I came home with 1 and 1/2 inches less around my waist. And that was after eating everything I wanted. So, my plan was to walk as much as possible.

I could have ridden, the streets were very steep. I went up and down the hillside a lot trying to find the place.

There were lots of students in this area, visiting the temples. Some classes wear matching hats.  It seems to make it easy for the teachers to find them.

There were lots of interesting shops along the way.

Finally I thought I found the place but it was one of their multiple sites. They sent me off to the one my appointment was with. Being compulsively early, I still arrived in time. I wonder sometimes if my compulsive earliness allows time for getting lost and if I was at the last minute, I could just skip the whole getting lost part.

Anyway, they were nice as could be. I was a little out of place with all the beautiful young women but my inner child was thrilled and happy.

I thought I was getting their Sakura plan – called their reasonable package for 6,500 yen but What I got cost 9,500 yen, (about $115). My lack of command of Japanese prevented me from knowing why.

There are additional charges for tabi socks, eyelashes and using your own hair. They will style and spray your hair dark if needed. I chose to use their wig.

Some women I heard of, kept the makeup on when they left. That would be fun, especially if you had your own long hair styled, but I chickened out had places to go after and washed it all off.

In this post, I showed pictures the photographer took with my camera. I was alone and would have tried taking some long arm shots with my own camera, but the photog kindly took as many as I wanted after my studio session.

You get to choose what color kimono and obi you wear. I was surprised that the white face makeup has a lot of pink in it and they use red around your eyes and eyebrows, in with the dark color. I felt like a princess being dressed by my ladies in waiting. Can you tell I enjoyed it?

And now without further ado, my studio shots.

Would you do this?

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Posted by on February 7, 2011 in Abundance, Japan, Uncategorized

 

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