Wednesday 21 May 2014


A maiko girl, literally "dance child" is a geisha-in-training in Japan.  In Kyoto they can start this training at the age of 15 but they must be 18 in Tokyo.  They have the white make-up generally associated with geishas but in fact geishas normally wear lighter make up, apart from theatrical performances.

The maikos in the picture above are taking part in a traditional tea ceremony..
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