Maiko in Kyoto, Japan

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Maiko means “dancing child” (mai = dance, ko = child) or “dancing girl”.  A Maiko is an apprentice Geisha who must undergo a period of training that generally takes about 5 years, where she learns the various “gei” (arts) such as dancing, singing, music etc before she becomes a Geisha.

Staying in the Gion area in Kyoto enabled us to see a number of Maiko on their way to work.

This picture was taking at a tea ceremony orchestrated by the Maiko.

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