The Miyagawa-cho 12 Days of Christmas Hunt has started. A new gift every day from the 14th to 25th December. Each gift box costs only 1 dollar and the girls of Hanafusa have worked hard creating in order to fill the boxes with cool gifts.
You are searching for little boxes with the Hanafusa mon
The gift boxes are laden with more than just a single gift so come along to the information centre in Miyagawacho to get started.
The final present (Santas Sack) will be available on Christmas Day and will remain in its hiding place until 31st December
The clue to the whereabouts of Santas Sack will be hidden withing the previous 11 clues and details of how to work out the clue will be given in the day 12 gift box.
Shopping Trip, Shamisen, Dancing, Chatting, Tours, Hunt, Lantern Lighting, Fireworks, Ghost Stories........Tired.
But what a day I had.
Sunday was our day to offer Bon Odori festivities at Miyagawa-cho and after a hectic morning with myself and Okaasan running around like headless chickens, we eventually brought everything together and the evening went without a hiccup.
A last minute decision to organise a little treasure hunt for our guests got off to a slow start and needed a few extra clues before a neck and neck contest developed between Ryoichiro san and Higurashi san, with Ryo san being the eventual winner (Just) collecting the prize box and a Guest of Honour pass to the inaugural Hanahusa Ochaya Ozashiki. Well done.
Can't wait for next year.
Here are a few photos
Lighting the lanterns for loved ones
Fireworks over Miyagawa-cho
Tales of the river bank
The wonderful story telling skills of Ryo San kept us entertained for hours as he told one Ghost story after another. After all the effort he put in on the Taiko drum, I was surprised that he could actually stand up let alone tell tales.
Okaasan was hired to play Koto at Mitsuhana odori but her Ohana fee was terrible.
I make more money in Linden realms :)
And finally I couldn't resist taking this pic of Okaasan Koneko of Pontocho Okiya. It looked as though she was very kindly painting our fence so I didn't disturb her. Why would I? That was one chore less for me.
I would like to say a huge thank you to all who gave their precious time to help us celebrate and special extra big thanks to the very generous Ryoichiro for his surprise and also for stepping in to play the Taiko drum and the gloriously adorned ladies of Matsubaya Ageya for keeping me company when everyone else had gone home.
I had a lovely time this morning. I was wandering around SL when Yuki san popped up in IM and invited me to one of her shows. WOW
The light show (although not captured on cam) was incredible and the dance animations were fantastic, so fluid I found it hard to believe that I was actually on the SL grid.
Later in the day neesan Hatsu went off with Okaasan to get ready in her new kimono, having passed her dance test and been upgraded to Minarai. Here she is look. Kawaii.
Of course we had to get the obligatory photos so I got myself dolled up as well and we did some happy snappies. Hatsu and myself were happily taking pics whilst Okaasan was chatting with Yuki san and installing her vendor for the August celebrations. When Yuki san left Okaasan said "Right I'm going to get changed for photos too. Wait there. Don't move"
Okaasan had been working on the new Ochaya and I was called in to test the new stage in one of the rooms to perform the dance that I had choreographed, along with my little kouta. As I was preparing Kikutsuru San turned up and sat down to watch. Nervously I steeled myself and began my repertoire
Early morning light, the mist rising and swirling with the warming air The sounds of nature disturb my sleep.....
Don't forget the fan. Don't forget the fan. As I twirl away to left away from the audience I gently remove the first fan from my obi and open it deftly as I face them once again, moving it gracefully through the air to portray Sakura blossom on the morning breeze.....
Dance finished "Take a seat Hikaru Chan"
Walk across to the zabuton, my legs wobbling as I smooth the back of my yukata and kneel down. Okaasan is reading my reports and looking over my progress since I became Shikomi at Hanafusa Okiya. "Shhhh little one" whispers Kikutsuru San "You did fine" "Hai" Not convinced. Was it good enough? Have my reports and progress being sufficient to take me to the dizzy heights of Minarai?
A loooong while later Okaasan looks up and across at me and tells me her decision....
A few minutes later myself and Kikutsuru San are on our way to Geisha Dreams and heading straight for the Minerai department to spend loads and loads and loads of Lindens. Yaaaaaaayyyyy I passed.
I have been so busy studying and building that I haven't blogged for a while so here goes.
I am learning to keep my mouth shut, listen and pay attention and if you don't believe me look at the photo below. There I am look, standing in the background, listening and paying attention. Not a word escaped my lips. Okaasan's,Geiko's Maiko's and little old me being a dutiful Shikomi.
They we discussing the upcoming Bon Odori celebrations and working out the details of who will be doing what and when. It sounds like there are going to be plenty of events over the next couple of months with something for everyone so I'm really looking forward to it.
The main festivities will be held between August 10th - 12th so put the dates in your Diary and keep an eye out for this poster appearing around the grid.
I have also been a little busy building a new Okiya complex for a friend which took me through the night earlier this week as I was so engrossed in the build. I didn't realise what the time was until my eyes started to close and my head did the nodding thing. Anyway, that's all finished and now they just have to furnish it and move in.
The best bit by far this week was dance class.
Oh yeaaaaahh, the Shikomi of Hanafusa are learning to dance.
Move it girl. Shake that fan
Hatsu and myself accompanied by a rather
laid back looking Okaasan Kikuyu on the shamisen, running through
I was confused as to what all the different moves meant at first but came to the conclusion that any movement, any hand placement, stamp of the foot, tilt of the head etc, can mean anything you like as long as the audience have the story that goes with the dance. This is just as well because I'm now writing a story and doing choreography in an attempt to understand dance 101.
Finally, my long lost Oneesan has appeared in the Okiya, minus tabi.
I have been dying to meet her and after a short chat (by my standards at least) she seems very nice so now we become five. Okaasan, Kikutsuru, Hatsu, Fumiko and me. I will update the family page when I manage to get a photo of Kikutsuru fully dressed. We can't have a Maiko wandering around barefoot now can we?