“Maiko” at Ume Festival

Hello, I am Tomomi Yamashita, a teacher at Tsumami zaiku School Online.
February is the season of plum blossoms.

On February 25, the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto, a well-known plum viewing spot, held the Plum Festival. February 25th is the anniversary of the death of Sugawara no Michizane, the god of the shrine, who is said to have loved ume (“plum”) blossoms.

This ceremony has a history of over 900 years.
The shrine has about 1,500 plum trees of about 50 varieties, and visitors can enjoy viewing them from February to late March. They are also illuminated for a limited time.

The event also featured Nodate (outdoor tea ceremony), where Geiko and Maiko entertained the visitors by serving tea in their beautiful kimonos. Maiko wore a gorgeous three-piece plum flower kanzashi.
Some of the maiko were wearing three-tiered plum flower kanzashi, the same as the Maiko Kanzashi series released at the school a few days ago.

Anyone can purchase a ticket to participate in Nodate, but it is very popular because it is first-come, first-served. Maiko will serve matcha to you!

If there is a chance, I would like to participate.
You can see how it was a few years ago in this YouTube video.

New Kanzashi has been added to the MAIKO series. This is a February plum Kanzashi.

In this series, you will learn how to make seasonal kanzashi for maiko. Kanzashi for February is Plums.

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