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Hanakanzashi (ornamental hairpin)

Hanakanzashi (ornamental hairpin)
Speaking about flowers, the cherry blossoms of the ornamental hairpin(hanakanzashi) in April make the maiko girls look better than ever.
Those hanakanzashi are used by the maiko girls during the Miyako odori dances.The spring apogee of Kyoto is marked by the crimson lanterns, hanged on the houses around Hanamikoji street. The hanakanzashi of the maiko girls are shaking, while they sing the songs of Miyako odori. The flower hairpins of the maiko girls in Gion are changing every month. In January their ornaments are pine/bamboo/plum combination (however there is a special New Year'sdecoration of rice spikes), in February comes the plums ornament,changed by rape flowers in March. In April ,of course, is the time of the cherry blossom decoration. Other hairpin decorations include wisteria, silver grass, chrysanthemum or red leaves, related to the design of the flower cards hanafuda and transmitting their messages. Various flowers that are blossoming in the fields, creating our landscape, inspired the composition of Japanese traditional waka poems and the world of nature beauties was transmitted over the epochs and mirrored by hanafuda cards and hanakanzashi.By the way, the model for the weeping cherry pattern of the hanakanzashi is naturally the weeping cherry tree at Maruyama park. The poet Akiko Yosano describes how the night moon and flowers make all the people passing from Gion to Kiyomizudera look beautiful. The cherry blossom hanakanzashi is said to symbolize the spring of Kyoto.

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