So, today I decided I’d try on my traditional Japanese-style wigs (katsura) to see how they fit. They are in the style that geisha/geiko and apprentice maiko wear. I didn’t wear kimono or makeup, as these were just test runs, but I thought I’d share some pictures anyway.
First-up, Taka Shimada-style Geiko Katsura:
I found that this katsura is a little too big for me in the back. A rolled-up nylon stocking helped keep it from slipping everywhere on my head like it wanted to. At first it sat horribly on my head, and since I also possess a fairly large forehead and a “Roman” nose (which by the way, is a nice way of saying “big”), I felt that the katsura just emphasized all of that lol. I kept trying to get the hairline to come down in the front, but….I think my super humongous forehead is just too large haha. Nevertheless, I think I am okay with how it turned out.
Next up is my Sakkou-style Maiko Katsura:
Wow…I am so white that it kind of looks like I am wearing oshiroi against the skin tone of the wig netting lol!
This one fits very well! I still need several resin kanzashi as well as the sakkou crane kanzashi for this wig, which I am currently on the look-out for! I am not sure if Ikuokaya carries the sakkou crane kanzashi….but if they do, they are probably way to expensive for me to buy. (When I asked about their maiko fuji kanzashi set, the price was $500 USD before service fees and shipping….O.o. I so badly wish that I could go to their store in person and just buy things from there without the hassle and expense of living halfway across the world…)
My Wareshinobu-style Maiko Katsura is the one on the left (the one on the right is the sakkou wig I wore above), but I found out today that it is too small for my head to fit. It’s almost wearable….if only it was even a half inch bigger I’d be able to wear it! Some katsura have screws in them so that the size can be adjusted, but I couldn’t find any screws to loosen it up. Then again, I couldn’t find screws in any of the other katsura….so I’m not sure if I am just missing them under some tape or something, or if I really do have such bad luck. I will keep trying to find out if I can get it to fit though, because it is beautiful.
Well, that’s it! The next time you see me wear these wigs, it will probably be in full-out geiko or maiko outfit. <3