Kimonos are handmade, and geisha usually get kimonos designed just for them. Kimono prints and fabrics change with the seasons, but they are always made of silk. Geisha also spend about two hours just doing their makeup, hair, and putting on the kimono!
Maiko is an apprentice geisha in western Japan, especially Kyoto. Their jobs consist of performing songs, dances, and playing the shamisen (three-stringed Japanese instrument) for visitors during feasts. Maiko are usually aged 15 to 20 years.
Japan, glimpse a fading cultural icon in Kyotos Gion neighborhood. If Japan has a face, its to be found in this small district directly adjacent to Yasaka Shrine, for its here that the geisha—or geiko, as theyre known in Kyoto—live and work.