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Dress ≪Okobo, Geta and Zori ≫

Hello this is Myako.

There are many differences between Maiko and Geiko, and one of them are shoes they wear.

Generally Maiko wear “Okobo” which are 10cm hight Japanese traditional  wooden sandale. I think many of you have seen them at least onece.
There are lower “Okobo” as well. They are for Minarai-san who are just entered to Okiya, pre-Maiko.

So they practiced wearing lower Okobo then after they get used to wearing it for a month, they changed to regular type of “Okobo”.

“Okobo” for  fresh Maiko has some bells inside,everytime they walk you will hear beautiful sounds of bells…
The sound is only in Hanamachi.

On the other hand, Gieko wear “Geta”(wooden clogs).
When they are Maiko, they get used to Okobo and Darari no Obi, which both are pretty heavy. Once they become Geiko, they feel much lighter cuase they do not wear both heavy items anymore.

There are many kinds of Geta,some are different shapes and some has “Tatami”sole.
Senior Geiko often wear Zori(traditional,straw sandals with Hanao, sandal thong) than Geta.

Fresh Geiko who just had “Erikae” wear “Geta” with tatami-sole.
They has pretty tough time again to get used to with them becuase they are slippy.

It is hard to imagine that Geiko and Maiko went through such a tough time.

Geiko and Maiko normally wear “Zori” at hotel’s parties.
Since “Okobo”and “Geta” are heavy, they might damage to the floor of hotels. so they wear Zori instead.
When they go to Ochya or restaurants around in Hanamachi, they wear “Okobo” and “Geta” as usual.

By the way, Maiko of Kobu wear black crested haori at greeting days of new years celemony and Hassaku celemony in August.
They wear “Zori” for new year celemony’s visiting and they wear “Okobo” for Hassaku’s visiting.
Becuase They once gather at Kaburenjo at new years celemony but they directly go to visiting at Hassaku day, that is why.

Thank you.

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