Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
A Misedashi is a stepping stone celebration in the career of a Geisha, a time of transition from being a student to a professional working Maiko. Minarai prepare by observation through a process known as Minaraijaya. After a set amount of time watching the activities, arts and banquets of their older sempai, it is time for the minarai to dawn the new title of a Jr. Maiko.
The actual celebration lasts a total of 6 days, with 3 of them signified by the formal crested black kimono and special kanzashi she wears. On day one, the new Maiko visits the various Ochaya, Okiya and Geisha Gakko that have helped her up to this point in her career. In the second stage of her Misedashi (day 4-6) she will switch out her black crested kimono for a colored crested one, still wearing the gold obi.
At Shiraito-No-Taki, we host Misedashi a bit differently, but still with all of the important steps listed above. On day one, the Maiko will make her rounds. On day two, she will host a performance that displays her skills up to this point. On day three, she will have her San San Kudo with her Onesan and have a small party following, that is much like an Ozashiki for special patron and Okiya sisters. The following days (4-6) are a simple break for the new Maiko, in which her special dress signifies her new position to others.
For this Misedashi however, we will also be having a celebratory Asian Pop Performance featuring the Kawaii Dolls and Triii-FX Dance groups! We hope everyone can attend this as well!
We hope you can come congratulate our newest member of our Hanamachi on these days:
October 25th: Mizuki makes her rounds, please come take photos and be immersed in this special event!
October 26th at 7pm SLT: Mizuki presents her skills as an upcoming Tachikata Geisha in an outdoor performance on our home sim in Keisei.
October 27th at 5pm SLT: Mizuki and her Oneesan Misaki have their San San Kudo Ceremony followed by the Asian Pop Performance in the KWD Dome Arena!
October 28th at 4pm SLT: Mizuki presents herself at a special Ozashiki for honored guests and does a traditional performance at Otonashi Ochaya in Hosoi. This is also followed by the Okiya Halloween party!
October 29th-30th: Mizuki is an official Maiko! Please feel free to come by anytime to wish her luck and congratulations!
Omedetou San Dosu Mizuki-chan!!!!
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
It is our honor to invite you to our special autumn performance of the year: Mizuekai 2012!
Based off of the real life Mizuekai dance in the Geisha district of Miyagawacho Hanamachi. Each year, around this time, the Maiko and Geiko of this special Hanamachi gather in the Miyagawacho Kaburenjo for a collection of autumn-themed performances along with the regular display of the Manzai dance and Miyagawa-Kouta.
Taking this tradition, Shiraito-no-Taki Hanamachi used this inspiration to bring to you not only the two famed dances, but also a vibrant combination of 7 dances dedicated to the theme!
This year’s theme focuses on a predominant literary and traditional art theme of the Seven Flowers of Autumn. As an Okiya, we attempted to keep the traditions, but allowed for creative freedom, elaboration in the sets and props.
The dance, taking place October 14th at 4pm SLT, will be in Hosoi’s famous Kabuki Theater in the center of Shiraito-No-Taki Hanamachi’s village. We do hope you will honor us with your presence in what might be this year’s biggest Geisha event!
Special thanks to those who contributed to this special event:
Outfits- Geisha Dreams
Music- Aiko Shimada
Nat King Cole
Also, special thanks to the lovely members of Shiraito Okiya who participated: Misaki-san
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Japan Kansai is a wonderful Edo Period town, ready for the wonders and excitement of role play and below are the positions we need to fill to really get this working. With your help, we believe that Hosoi can become your next home. So please give this a good read if you are interested in participating in Hosoi's new role play and become part of this blossoming community!
-Villagers: The common folk of the village, free to work where they please and practice normal daily activities such as shopping, fishing, gardening, etc. Please contact any of the managers: Kai Serapis, Akiko Omizu or Eien Sachin to be invited into the group and learn about housing in Japan Kansai.
-Shop Owners: While still in progress, Japan Kansai hopes to become a village full of "shops" that allow for roleplay and accessibility to needed items for our citizens. If you are a villager who wishes to become the figurative shop owner, please contact Kai Serapis with a choice of one of these options:
-Sake House Owner: The sake house is one of the main locations in Japan Kansai and is currently looking for a new owner! The responsibilities of being this figure is to regularly open the sake house for common entertainment, as well as hire out the Geisha for community involvement. If interested, contact Kai Serapis.
-Kabuki Troupe Leader: To add to our already prominent artistic performers in Hosoi, we would like to reestablish our Kabuki Troupe. To begin, we are in need of a hard working and committed leader to recruit performers and put together large-scale performances. If you think you are the one, contact Kai Serapis.
-Zen Temple Monks: Interested in higher philosophy, understanding and peace? Maybe you should become a Buddhist monk! We have a large temple ready for this use and we would be honored to have those with such commitment come to join. Furthermore, if you are knowledgeable in the Buddhist faith and teachings, we also would like a teacher. Please contact Kai Serapis for more information.
-Samurai police: Who wants an out of control city? This is why Hosoi needs police! During the Edo period, many Samurai ended up becoming part of the policing system in villages. We have quite a few roles to fill, so here is what we need:
Machi-bugyō: The machi-bugyō performed the roles of chief of police, prosecutor, judge and other judicial related business both criminal and civil in Edo and other major towns.
Yoriki: Working under the machi-bugyō was the yoriki. Yoriki were samurai—they managed patrols and guard units composed of lower ranking police officials. Yoriki, being of a higher class, were able to ride a horse while performing their duties and were trusted to carry out assignments of high importance.
Dōshin: Working under the yoriki was the dōshin. Dōshin were samurai but of a lower class than yoriki—they preformed the duties of prison guard and patrol officer, which required close contact with commoners (chonin). They investigated crimes such as murder and helped with executions.
Komono: Non-samurai chōnin who went with the dōshin on patrols and provided assistance.
-Yakuza: Also known as gokudō are members of traditional organized crime syndicates in Japan. The yakuza are notorious for their strict codes of conduct and very organized nature. Despite uncertainty about the single origin of yakuza organizations, most modern yakuza derive from two classifications which emerged in the mid-Edo Period (1603–1868): tekiya, those who primarily peddled illicit, stolen or shoddy goods; and bakuto, those who were involved in or participated in gambling.
At Hosoi, we are currently searching for a Yakusa leader and members to work an underground organized crime roleplay in our town. The Yakuza would inhabit a few locations, including the gambling hut near the harbor and the underground-passages that travel under the Zen Temple. If interested, please contact Kai Serapis.
-Harbor folk: The harbor, which is a fairly new addition to Japan Kansai is an area full of roleplay possibilities. If you are interested in becoming one of the following positions, please contact Kai Serapis:
Harbormaster: The head of the harbor, the one who sets market prices and controls the fishing in the area.
Fishermen: Those who take the sempan out onto the water and catch the daily catch!
Ship Captain: Ever dreamed of living on the water? How about becoming a captain of your own ship? This is your chance!
-Ramen Shop Owner: Japan Kansai only has one restaurant and this is the Ramen shop. This quaint place is in desperate need of a new owner to take over the scheduling of openings and events at the shop. Along with an owner, the Ramen Shop also needs employees. If this sounds like a job you would like, contact Kai Serapis.
-Japanese Gakko (school) Teacher: Hosoi is not only a beautiful sim with a rich atmosphere; it is one with an elaborate culture. Here in Hosoi, we wish to teach about the culture we are representing, not just appeal to the senses. If you are a person with a knowledgeable background in Japanese culture and are interested in spreading that knowledge, please contact Kai Serapis for an interview!
-Geisha: Female entertainers of Traditional Japanese Arts. Along with the Geisha, the Okiya is always in need of roleplay maids, cooks, oshiroiya (make-up artist), otokoshi (kimono dresser) and wig maker. Please contact Mikumiyu Resident for more information and an application.
-Samurai: The military nobility, warriors. Please contact Eien Sachin for more information.
Have a job/idea that is not listed here? Let us know! We are open to expansion and want your feedback.
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
My name is Amiryu Hosoi and I run 2 Edo Period Japanese roleplay sims. Our visitors tell me that our regions are the best in SL... but thats up to you to check out. Anyway, In the last days I have merged 2 of our best regions into one big roleplay area. The regions feature a full Matsumoto Castle complex, Harusaki Onsen, the old town of Hosoi Mura and a lot more. All of these gems are surrounded by the best scenery you can get. Check out and loose yourself in the stories of Samurai and Geisha.
Now the rebuilding is done I am looking for a dedicated blog-, twitter-, facebook guru to help us with our marketing and promotion plan. I am looking for a long term relationship. Do you have affinity with Old Japan and do you think you have the skills and energy, then please contact me inworld (Amiryu Hosoi) or via email at email@example.com to discuss any details.
Monday, 3 September 2012
See you around..
Sunday, 2 September 2012
Harusaki Onsen on Japan Chubu has also been changed a bit. The row of Torri has been replaced with a lovely path overlooking the Harusaki Onsen. The path is connected with the other pathways and takes you around the complete complex.
However loosing 2 of our sims is a hard for us, I am happy with the result of the connection between Japan Kansai and Japan Chubu. Somehow this setup feels more natural and logical. It is great fun walking through the Gate and see the surroundings change from busy town to lazy countryside and the other way around. I would like to invite everyone to come visit us and loose yourself in the scenery.
Hosoi Ichiba. With the loss of Japan kanto we also lost our precious open air market Hosoi Ichiba. Hosoi Ichiba still exists on the Secondlife Marketplace. We have almost all products and items up for sale their. I am working on a place to temp rez buildings and structures but almost all houses and buildings can be viewed in real in both Japan Chubu and Japan Kansai. I want to urge everyone to visit our marketplace at: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/6683 Every sale will help preserve our place in Secondlife.
Thank you all for your support.