Credits to Research Team Mendel Lim
Prefecture this week: Kyoto Prefecture
Today, I’m going to share with you about Geisha or in the Kyoto dialect “Geiko”. Well if you don’t know Geisha who or what Geishas’ are, they are professional or experienced entertainers who attend to guests during meals, banquets and other special occasions. They are well trained in traditional Japanese arts, such as traditional music and dance.
Geisha can be found in several cities, including Tokyo and Kanazawa. But the best place to find Geisha’s are in the Kyoto, it remains as the best and the most prestigious place to experience them.
And did you know that, some to most of the young girls at the age of 15 start to learn or be taught communication and hospitality skills and various Japanese arts. After lots of training and examination, the talented and most determined ones will go on to become Maiko (apprentice of Geiko/Geisha) and after a few years they can finally become Geisha.
There are other various ways to experience Geisha in Japan, the easiest way to see them is to go to Gion in the month of April. At the Miyako Odori(Art Theater) you can watch performances by Maiko and Geiko, from the starting price of 2000 yen to 4000yen. However, a popular service in Kyoto is that Maiko studios to dress as “fake Maikos’ or fake Geishas’ walking around the street. As seen from the picture below. And this picture is an ‘trap’.
Fun fact: Did you know that the first Geishas’ were actually MEN!