I've been thinking of writing my own novel since as Fuyou said there aren't alot good books about the Karyukai and now I started thinking of it quite seriously.
I want to name my novel " Hotaru no Odori " it means Firefly Dance ( I hope the kanji are right ). I've chosen this name because of their short and fragile life and dance is an essential part of geiko and maiko.
I want to take action somewhere in Kyoto and decided to call the hanamachi Ko-Ayame ( small iris ). I'm thinking of placing my hanamachi in Matsubara-dori and end it at Matsubara-bashi. It is an actual place and my hanamachi would be near Miyagawa-cho which would allow some group events and so on. My other location is on the other side of Ponto-cho starting at Furumonzen-dori and ending at Kacho-dori.
Another thing I'm still thinking of is to what readers I'm writing : the geisha lovers or the simple people.
I've thought of the plot and I decided that the main action will take place at three diffrent okiya : Ko Hikari ( little light ), Hotaru ( firefly ) and Hanachie ( flowers blesssed with wisdom ). The story is about three girls in diffrent okiya, their lives and struggles. I want to show everything we see in documentaries and place it in one place this way it will be fun for the lovers and teaching for the new readers. I've also developed some of the characters:
Hanako ( little flower ) - okaa-san of Hanachie. She is about 70 years. An old, cute lady. She very much reminds of a sweet grandma ,though behind the cute face a great mind is hidden. She takes good care of her girls and okiya. She was called little flower because of her shortness and young age when she joined the okiya. She is also very famous in the hanamachi because she became fully fledged geiko when she was 17. Her older sister was the previous okaa-san - geiko Hanachō.
Mamechie ( bean blessed with wisdom ) - the most senior geiko in the okiya. She is an accredited natori geiko and the atotori of the okiya. Mamechie is an opposite of Hanako. Even though she is 60 years old she looks much younger and also sounds like that. She is an interesting person for a good conversation, fun to play with and pretty for the eye.
Kikuchie ( chrysanthemum blessed with wisdom ) - younger sister of Mamechie. She is a geiko who recently had her erikae. I'm still developing her.
More characters to come for this okiya.
*Mamechie joined the okiya when she was 16, Hanako was 26. She was geiko since 17 she already was a senior geiko and also one of the most well known geiko in whole hanamachi. Mamechie always looked up to her and they were good friends ,though Mamechie always felt like she's under the shadow of Hanako. Even after Hanako took over the okiya when she was 29 and Mamechie had plenty of space after it she still couldn't escape that feeling. After Hanako passes Mamechie takes over so one of the story parts will be how she's coping and finally after so many years steps out of the shadow.
Shou Hikari okiya:
I'm still developing the characters but the main one will be a jikata. Her real name was Tsuki ( moon ).Origanlly she was supposed to be a maiko and it took a long time until she and okaa-san of Ko Hikari agreed that she can be maiko even though she was almost 19. But when she started attending geiko school she developed a passion for the Fue and Shamisen so she asked okaa-san to let her be a jikata. Her okaa-san was very mad and dissapointed with her decision but she couldn't ignore her talent so she agreed but named her Fuanna. It means uneasy and quite reflects Tsukis personality.
I'm also still developing the characters here but the main will be Kaze ( it means wind and this is her real name ). She is the only member of Hotaru okiya except for okaa-san and baba-san. A new shikomi who feels pretty lonely because she doesn't have any close friends and knows only some girls in the hanamachi. So I will be telling how she grew from shikomi to geiko and beyond ,comming out of her shell and fully blooming in many ways.
That's all now please share comments,tips and so on!