I've been fighting illness for over a week now. Last Sunday I thought, well, muscular soreness and a sinus headache, yeah of course. I'm a full-time + overtime waitress, and I have bad allergies to pollen, trees... basically if it grows from the ground I will have a stuffy face and sound like death. x.x And it's Spring in Florida! So instead of snowfall, we get pollen. Of course I feel wretched! I'll rest Tuesday and feel great by Wednesday...
Heh. heh. heh.
By Wednesday, fevers set in. Everything hurt. Arthritis is flaring up (fun!) and I'm exhausted from all of it. By Friday I was getting sent home from work. I'm glad. This is miserable.
But thanks to a friend making me some magical soul food from his grandmother's recipe, I felt good enough to get my first haircut in a few years! Motivated, even. Actually, I chopped most of it myself and tossed the hair outside for the birds. Then I went off to have the ends evened out, since I couldn't get the very back right on my own. I still look sick (oy, you can tell) and my skin decided that it would massively break out this week, but the hair looks good at least! ::sighs:: When you feel like this, it's the little things...
Can't wait to do a kimono day again, and see how it looks. ^_^ In the meantime, I have soup to eat!
From Asahi Shinbun, 25-03-2014
Keeping Tradition Alive: Geisha to Get Subsidies for Clothing
KYOTO--Young geisha starting out can easily splurge
as much as 10 million yen (nearly $100,000) on exquisite kimono and
accessories in their first year as a free agent.
Not surprisingly, the ranks of geisha, called "geiko," are thinning.
Alarmed at the dwindling number of professional geiko plying
their art in Kyoto's Gion and other districts of the ancient capital,
the Foundation Ookini, a Kyoto organization for promotion of traditional
performing arts, decided to subsidize kimono expenses for young
independent geiko from April.
Officials said their aim was to ease the women's financial burden so that the venerable geisha tradition will continue.
According to the foundation, eligible geiko are "jimae-san"--independent free agents, so to speak--who are in their early 20s.
The subsidy will cover 50 percent of clothing expenses, or up
to 500,000 yen, between the three months prior to the time leaving her
geisha house and the five years after becoming independent. The
foundation set a limit of one purchase per year and three purchases over
a five-year period.
A geisha house will take care of clothing, food and housing
for a girl from the time she joins the establishment upon graduating
from junior high school until she transitions from "maiko"
apprentice-level position to geiko and independence.
After reaching jimae-san status, a geiko must procure her own
garments and other items. An inexpensive kimono will run between
700,000 yen and 800,000 yen while the "obi," or sash, ranges from
300,000 yen to 400,000 yen. If an independent geiko buys a new outfit
for each season, her expenses can easily nudge the 10 million yen mark
in her first year.
As of the end of January there were 181 geiko in Kyoto's five geisha quarters, a drop of 21 women from 2006.
Over the five years, 59 women apparently retired upon becoming geiko or jimae-san.
The foundation was established by the Kyoto City Tourism
Association and the city's geisha quarters. Until now, it has provided
financial incentives for veteran geiko who are well-versed in the
An official of the foundation noted that the geisha tradition
will fade without an influx of young people. The subsidy is intended
"to provide some encouragement to young women who are hesitant about
Fumisono, 26, a geiko who has gone independent, says, "There
are many cases of women quitting because they're worried about whether
they can make it financially. The subsidy will help."