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5 Ways To See The Gorgeous Geisha & Mesmerising Maiko In Kyoto

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Geisha are one of the most iconic yet secretive symbols of Japanese culture. With 400 years of mystery and allure under their obi, witnessing the gorgeous Geisha draped in their dazzling kimonos whilst performing ancient arts of Japanese entertainment is a exquisitely extraordinary experience you will never forget.

But how do you get to see a real Geisha or Maiko in Kyoto? Let me count the ways…


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A Maiko is a apprentice Geisha. We can identify that this Maiko is in her 1st year of training as she only has her bottom lip painted red

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50 AMAZING Facts About Geisha Everybody Ought To Know!

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With their porcelain painted faces, scarlet red lips and exquisite Kimono, Geisha girls are the ultimate iconic symbol of Japans devotion to tradition, elegance and etiquette.

Referred to as the “Flower and Willow World”, this almost secret society is one of the oldest yet most mysterious professions in  Japan. Although there is still much about them we might never learn, here are 50 amazing facts on Geisha culture we think everybody ought to know.

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The Best Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto, Japan

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Home to over 1600 Buddhist temples, impeccable gardens, traditional wooden houses, and the mysterious world of the Maiko and Geisha, Kyoto is the center of ancient Japanese culture and history.  In April 2016 I visited esteemed Aya Maiko Makeover Studio in the heart of Gion Quarter who offered Haute Culture Fashion one the most realistic, educational and exquisite henshin experiences in all of Japan.


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Traditional transformation. My final photo shoot at Aya Maiko makeover in Gion Quarter, Kyoto.

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