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Life ≪ With feelings of gratitude … and courtesy ≫

1st of August is ‘Hassaku’ day and there were lots people in every Hanamachi.
Hassaku is the day that Geiko and Maiko are visiting to teacher’s place, Ocya ya and restaurants to do greeting for showing appreciation.

However Geiko and Maiko are going around with greeting on 1st and 15th every month,
Some Okiya make Sekihan (glutinous rice steamed with red adzuki beans for eating on celebratory occasions)on 1st and 15th.

Since the day girls entered Okiya as Shikomi-san (before Maiko),they are taught the importance of a courtesy to express their gratitude.
Shikomi-san are trained that they stop bowing every time they pass each other with someone.

One Geiko told me that
‘…but even if you have done 99 courtesies, people in Hanamachi talks about only one rudeness of yours .
so my senior keep saying ‘bow even to a telegraph-pole!’

And the day Shikomisan become a Maiko, they become a member of Hanamachi finally,
it means they live and work in Hanamachi properly.
When they work with feeling of gratitude, people notice it and remember their name, and give them work and so on..
So they learn how important to have feeling of gratitude by everyday life.

Geiko and Maiko never forget to say thank you…like
To ochaya which they worked yesterday, they said ‘Kinouha Ookini.(thank you for yesterday.)’
To ochaya they are going to work today ‘ otanomimoushimasu (please thank you today)’

They live in Okiya so they are called ‘Maiko from ***(name of Okiya)’ or ‘Geiko from ***’
However it is more important for Geiko and Maiko that they individually brush themselves up so that everyone like them.
And being Hanamachi-lady is that they naturally show their appreciation and courtesy to everyone.

I think this is so important not only in Hanamach but also in modern society.

Thank you.

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