In Kyoto, there are 5 Hanamachi (geisha quarters) of Gion Kobu, Miyagawa-cho, Ponto-cho, Kamishichiken, and Gion Higashi. In each district Ochaya (teahouses), where Maiko or Geiko belong to, stand side by side along the street. One of these Hanamachi, Miyagawa-cho, is located along Kamo-gawa River, slightly south of Shijo-Ohashi Bridge.
The creation of ‘KYO NO OSHIROI OTOSHI’ was initiated by an encounter with ‘Fukue’, a Geiko belonging to ‘Kawayoshi’ based in Miyagawa-cho.
Maiko and Geiko always look dignified with beautiful manner of behavior; however, meeting with Fukue revealed that they have unique trouble through their efforts for maintaining the traditional beauty of Japan.
The trouble is caused by the nature of their work background… that is the skin becoming rough because of Oshiroi (traditional cosmetic white powder) applied on their faces.
In order to complete make-up that draws people’s attention, they first apply Bintsukeabura (traditional hair oil), apply Oshiroi onto it, and then finish make-up with cosmetic powder. By finishing make-up work firmly they would not need to fix make-up during their work. Firm make-up, however, often makes their skin incapable of breathing. Moreover, professional-use Oshiroi has high viscosity that makes difficult removing it.
They often continue wearing Oshiroi from morning till evening and it is a big concern among them. Especially, Fukue has more sensitive skin than others and she had been exploring the way for removing Oshiroi that causes less skin trouble.
She has tried a number of cleansing agents and some of them worked well for removing Oshiroi; however, they still give high stress on the skin. After all, only choice left for her was to take long time to remove it with low irritating cleansing oil.
Following a talk with Fukue, we delivered her newly developed basic skin-care products including cleansing oil, face wash and lotion for testing if the products, aiming for promoting well-being of the skin, would match well with the sensitive skin of Fukue while they would be capable enough to remove persistent Oshiroi easily from her skin.
A week later we received the message from Fukue and she praised the products saying “the product cleanses really well”. She continued sharing her experience, “the product provides fresh feeling after use, does not give skin irritation, and ultimately, my skin tone has really improved”. Following the favorable outcome with her, we also ask ‘Fukune’, a sister figure to Fukue, to test the products. The products again generated a positive result, together with Fukune’s voice of joy.
Miyagawa-Cho is one of major 5 entertainment quarters in Kyoto and Fukue is one of young fascinating Geiko girls working in that traditional quarter with a dignity. She applies Oshiroi (traditional white cosmetic powder) onto her transparent and supple skin. When Geiko transforms back to an ordinary woman, alone in front of mirror, she removes Oshiroi and cares her skin with an affection. “KYO NO OSHIROI OTOSHI…, the item is my favorite!”, Fukue starts sharing her experience.
Maiko and Geiko abuse their skin… My skin is especially weak and sensitive. My skin care has ever got easier since I started using KYO NO OSHIROI OTOSHI. I can remove Oshiroi neatly, wash my skin airily, and it moisturizes my skin. I have been sharing this amazing experience of mine to other Geiko and Maiko girls to spread words out. I am sure that everyone will like it! I sincerely ask you to experience this KYO NO OSHIROI OTOSHI as I do!”
*KYO NO OSHIROI OTOSHI is a makeup remover loved by Maiko and Geiko in Kyoto, mainly for removing Oshiroi.
* Oshiroi is a traditional cosmetic powder used for skin whitening, mostly by Geiko and Maiko.
* Geiko is like Geisha (not exactly same) in Kyoto area, traditional female entertainers who act as hostesses and their skills include performing various arts such as traditional music, dance, games and conversation.
* Maiko is apprentice Geiko
Restore and moisturize the skin by thoroughly floating and gently washing away impurities on the skin.
Fine elastic foam wraps your skin airily. Impurities on the face is floated thoroughly and washed away neatly.
Cosmetic water penetrates into deeper layers of skin and generates gentle moist skin.
* As deep to the horny layer.
From left: Makeup Remover(30ml), Face Wash(25g), Cosmetic Water(30ml), and Pouch