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Location: Japanese American National Museum store 369 East First Street, Los Angeles, California 90012 Phone: (213) 625-0414, 1(800) 461-5266 Fax: (213) 625-1770
Business hours of museum store: Closed on Monday and Tuesdays Wednesday – Sunday: 11a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday: 12p.m. to 8 p.m. * Free admissions to enter the store
Maiko is a young girl who is under the training to become a Geisha. They wear beautiful hair ornament called “Hana-Kanzashi.” “Hana-Kanzashi” is the type of “Tsumami Kanzashi,” the disappearing Japanese National designated traditional handicraft art today.
Maiko change their Hana-Kanzashi every month based on the flowers blooming that season. They are very enjoyable to watch.
For example, Shou-Chiku-Bai (Pine Bamboo Plum blossom) in January, Plum blossom in February, Japanese Narcissus or Rape blossom in March, and Cherry blossom in April.
The Hana-Kanzashi of May is Fuji-no-hana (drooping Wisteria) or Ayame (Iris). Currently, you can enjoy Fuji-no-hana at the Japanese American National Museum store.
Kanzashi display changes every month. Please visit and enjoy this mini exhibit for this rare opportunity.
Online shop of Kuniko Kanawa: Atelier Kanawa, atelierkanawa.com