Today BAND-MAID renamed themselves “BAND-MAIKO” and will conquer the world with their first single secret MAIKO lips which came out today! You can buy this on iTunes already, but you can listen to the full song on the new music video above.

The girls look amazing in their traditional Maiko outfits in assorted colors and floral patterns. A maiko (舞妓) is an apprentice geiko in Kyoto and Western Japan and their jobs consist of performing songs, dances, and playing traditional Japanese instruments.

As well as changing the band name, each member has been given a fresh name to reflect their new direction:

MIKU KOBATO→HATOKO
SAIKI→FUJIKI
KANAMI→KANOEMI
MISA→UMEMISA
AKANE→AKATUKI

FUJIKI (Saiki) in a beautiful kimono.

They play Tosenkyo, a traditional Japanese fan-tossing game.

BAND-MAIKO gang in modern Japan.

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