I was working Hyper Japan this year, kimono dressing like a demon. Man we were busy!
Sayuki is a western Geisha and has had some controversy in her time. Most of which come from the news, gossip and personal views. However, I appreciate how tough it can be being a female entrepreneur in this slowing economy especially when reputation governs your existence.
I am different too in my field. Some love it as it makes me who I am and some really don’t.
It was a really good look at the real life of a Geisha house, rather than the Memoirs of a Geisha view the majority of people hold. Maybe they will stop calling me ‘Geisha’ in my £70 yukata set and inferring I work in the sex trade.
These are a few pictures I took and a link to a web album of a friend who took much better pictures. Consider mine, action shots….
To cosplay as Oiran you need big hair. However, this big hair needs to be worn all day and also train worthy (for about 3 hours) so how can I achieve big hair that’s easy to manage?
For a while there I forget my old faithful…DREADLOCK EXTENTIONS!
Big hair and easy to manipulate. With all that volume I should be able to tie up my hair Oiran stylee. However, it will take me a week to extend my all hair (as I do it myself) so I will go with part extension, part hairpiece as here:
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and then bump the front, add my red wooden comb then add the hairpiece at the back. I can tie an obiage around the back hairpiece to round it off and part it at the top and then proceed to shove stuff in it.
I will probably buy myself a big red or black fake flower for the one side and I have some dangly kanzashi stick for the other. More of a Kimono Ageha/Cyber goth Oiran hair look!
Lyuba from Strawberry Kimono will be leaving the UK next year so we decided to do a Sakuran cosplay en masse as this is her favourite kimono dress up theme.
I don’t normally cosplay but hey, always up for a challenge! So this is my outfit:
A lengthened odori kimono with padded underlayer (hitoe), a hitoe green and silver ichimitsu odori obi and a massive padded melon collar! I decided a full uchikake would be too arduous so I have gone for a black sha kimono as a coat.
I have a pipe and okobo too 🙂 I need to make matching tabi 🙂