More from March, 2008.
Something tells me this is posted for the tourists...
Something else for the tourists, geisha tour. We did not participate but came across this group while out. At least I now know the board he is pointing to is a list of different classes and the names of the trainees written in chalk.
Ever want to be a geisha? Ads for a studio specializing in dressing people as geiko and maiko.
Not a maiko but someone's child made-up as one.
The secret if you wish to see maiko and geiko in Gion? As the sun sets, look for taxis. They wait for the ladies to take them to their appointments. I didn't know this, but figured it out the second night. However, after it gets dark, try not to look at the taxis. I will explain this later.
Maiko off to their appointments. The lady at the door is Mamehana.
Great photo of the back of their hair style, which indicates they are maiko, training to become geiko.
Geiko Mameshino and Mamechika. One way to tell is indicated by their hair styles and less ornate kimono and hair ornaments. Geiko wear less because they have reached a point of mastering their arts and thus do not need for ornamentation to supplement for less ability. No matter what, they are beautiful.
Posted in this week's Budget Trouble's Show Me Japan. It's a very nice round-up of different views of Japan. You can check it out here.