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if i was slim i would like to wear such a dress too ! (photo of model nyasha matonhodze wearing alexander mcqueen by sølve sundsbø for vogue nippon, november 2011 issue. via automatism

かんざし  (translation: kanzashi, which are the hair ornaments used in traditional Japanese hairstyles.)

Maiko is an apprentice geisha in western Japan, especially Kyoto. Their jobs consist of performing songs, dances, and playing the shamisen (three-stringed Japanese instrument) for visitors during feasts. Maiko are usually aged 15 to 20 years.

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The gold heart with a blue gem in the center that Makiko is wearing above her right temple is called a bira-dome or maezashi. This particular maezashi is very special to Makiko because it is a symbol of her close friendship with Yukako. If you look at my photo "Yukako's Mirror," you will see that Yukako has the same maezashi, but Yukako's has a pink gem at the center of the heart.

Makiko's Maezashi The gold heart with a blue gem in the center that Makiko is wearing above her right temple is called a bira-dome or maezashi. This particular maezashi is very special to Makiko because it is a symbol of her close friendship with Yukako.

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