Geisha Henshin

So as I mentioned in my last post, I was going to be visiting Naomi. One of the things we’d planned to do was a full geisha henshin, something I lacked both the know-how and wardrobe to do. I knew she had a lovely purple hikizuri with ferns on it and we’d decided to use that. HOWEVER… about a month ago, a gorgeous hikizuri in shades of purple with indigo ariso (curled up jumping carp) showed up on eBay. I wanted it desperately, but with my trip coming up I couldn’t justify bidding too much, so it slipped out of my grasp. Imagine my shock when Naomi was handing me things to look at and said “oh, and I have this old thing, you can keep it”, and I saw that very hiki when I unfolded it. I was in a bit of a tired, emotional state to begin with and I totally lost it and started crying, I was so touched. It turns out she and Erica had conspired to get it for me as a “very very early birthday/Christmas present”. For the record, my birthday is in November.

Araiso Geiko Hikizuri

So anyway, when we did the henshin today, of course I had to wear my new hiki. I have to say, it still feels weird to say that. My new hiki. Mine!. But I digress. It was a super fun experience, and we took waaaaay too many pictures. I’ve refrained and only posted my favourites. And, just because it’s hilarious – geisha henshin with a shaggy, grown-out mohawk and a giant stuffed octopus.



  1. What a great story! You have some incredible friends. 🙂

  2. Thank you all!! <3 I'm so happy with how the outfit (and the whole experience) turned out.

  3. I have about 2 hiki’s + a hiki donuki myself. It’s be awesome to have a huge henshin party of the IG Kenban.


  4. Yay, geiko henshin!

    One day, we should get all the IG folks who have the ability to do geiko henshin together at a con, and do a MASSIVE karyukai style shoot.

  5. Wonderful makeup! I love your photos 😉
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  6. So lucky you have such great friends! ^^
    The hiki is so beautiful and you look really good in the oshiroi 🙂
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  7. The geisha hikizuri is such a wonderful and fantastic surprise! (Lucky!!) And you look absolutely Fabulous, dahling! Love the plush octopus too! Too cute with the mohawk.
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  8. Lavender is such a nice colour on you even without the white. ^__^ I also giggled like an idiot at your Squishable. Squee!

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