I'm not going anywhere with my Japan Tour post, haven't I? My bad. My internet connection have been so slow lately and I guess it's time to change provider for me. Sigh.
So from Hokkaido, I'm going to post about Kyoto today.
One of my dreams for Kyoto is to experience dress-up in kimonos. I've always been a fan of kimono :)
Speaking of Kyoto, the most famous dress-up would be Maiko or Geisha, but I choose to dress up as an Oiran. Oiran is also a form of courtesan in Japan and they are the highest class of courtesan. Since Oiran's outfit is a bit more 'sexy' compared to Maiko, I decided to do the Oiran before my age won't let me to, haha.
While searching for the right place on the internet, I bumped to the site of Studio Kokoro, which I also saw their ad on Rurubu (a famous guide book) Kyoto. I fell in love with their Oiran concept which bases on the film "Sakuran". Sakuran portraits a world of Oiran in a colorful, vibrant, modern way -very artsy-.
This is my makeup artist and coordinator. I tell you, her work is fast! She asked if I have a special request for makeup, do I have a certain face part that I wanted to cover, my favorite color and style, etc. I was very satisfied with her on the whole experience.
The Oiran package I had includes 3 postcard size pictures, for ￥11,000. And I chose 5 more pictures to burn into a CD for an additional fee. Here are the pictures from the CD. What do you think? They lend some properties such as umbrella, fan, pipe, etc to use.
They also gave a chance to my husband, who's patiently waiting to take a shot together. I had it burnt to the CD as well...
Overall, I'm so glad that I did the Oiran experience. I was on the verge of not doing it because we spent so much already for the around Japan trip. But hubby convinced me that if I didn't do it, I would regret and he's right. One bucket list checked (*^^*)
Studio Kokoro (Studio心）
Kyoto, Arashiyama Studio
Website : http://www.kokoro-maiko.com/