Portrait of a Maiko, Kyoto

Portrait of a Maiko, Kyoto

Looking at the picture, our first though is “Geisha”, one of the icon images of Japan.

A Maiko is actually an apprentice Geisha or Geiko (as they are called in Kyoto). Their job consists in performing songs,

The Geisha and Maiko

The Geisha and Maiko

Geisha (芸者) or geiko (芸子) as they are called in Kyoto are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music,