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Culture <Round fan … Summer greeting of Geiko and Maiko>

Hello, This is Myako.

We just had the summer solstice(Geshi)on June 21 and seems like the full-blown summer has come finally.
Around this time of the year,you might see round fans which are written names of Geiko and Maiko decorated on the wall of restaurants or shops in Hanamachi.

If there is no name were written on the fan, the family crest of their Okiya are written instead.
If they are Maiko,the family crest is same as the one is printed on their ‘Darari no Obi’.

This round fans are like summer greeting cards from Geiko and Maiko. And the reason why they are giving them away is because they would like people to remember their name.

So as they are using fan, they saw names written and they remember Geiko or Maiko names naturally..so if there are any chances,they might use that Geiko or Maiko’s service.

At the same time,it is great summer ornament as well.It is very cool-looking and elegant to see many round fans are decorated, so it work good for shops as well.

Each Hanamachi has different rule of writing name on it.There are some fans which are from each five Hanamachi in below photo.
Please take a look at letters of right side.

上七軒(kamishichiken)and 先斗町(ponto cho) are written on fan however other Hanamachi are not written on Fans,but Okiya’s name.
but again,there a few fans which are written just common family name. It means Geisha are ‘Jimae san’ I talked about  before.
Even though they become Geiko, as long as they are staying at Okiya, they have to write okiya’s name on the fan but after they move out, they write their family name on the fan.

When you saw round fans displayed in this summer,please take a look of these names.It might be interesting.

Thank you.

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