How to Experience Maiko in Kyoto Step by Step
Hisashiburi desu!! (long time no see) Many of you might think that my blog has shut down because I haven’t updated for a week….
Last Wednesday, 3 lovely friends visited me in Kyoto, and since then I have spent almost 1 week traveling with them in Kyoto. The trip was too exciting that I couldn’t calm down to update my blog.
Though no updates for a week was a pain to a blogger, instead, I have experienced some amazing things in Kyoto and ready to introduce to you here!
Let me start with the representative culture of Kyoto – Maiko Experience!
Maiko Experience in Kyoto [Make-up part] | 外国人舞妓変身体験 in 京都! [化妆篇]
Maiko Experience in Kyoto 2 【Walking Part】| 外国人舞妓変身体験 in 京都 [外出篇]
First, let me introduce today’s heroines to you. 🙂
Clap hands~~~~~~~~!!! Today, they are going to transform themselves into the beautiful Japanese performers – Maiko.
What is Maiko?
Maiko – is an apprentice of Geisha in western Japan, especially Kyoto. In other words, they are traditional Japanese dance and music performers. Their jobs are performing dances, songs, and playing Shamisen (three stringed Japanese instrument) for the visitors during feasts.
Usually, Maiko is aged between 15-20, and then become a Geisha after learning how to dance a kind of Japanese traditional dance. Maiko is famous for its white face makeup. Nowadays, you can still find many Maiko working at Kyoto Gion area.
In daytime, Maiko takes lesson to polish their performances. At night, they go out to work. They usually perform at high-class Japanese restaurants, which are said that normal visitors are not allowed to enter without an introduction by a regular member. (usually celebrity) They dance, sing, play Shamisen, and serve visitors with Sake.
How to experience Maiko in Kyoto?
Nowadays, there are plenty of Maiko Transformation Experience plans available in Kyoto. Just google “Maiko experience in Kyoto” and you will find many studios with different conditions.
The studio we chose was
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There are several plans provided by Aya studio. You can check out the “Maiko Experience Plans” tag at the homepage. The plan we chose was:
Walking plan (14,500 yen) –
After taking pictures dressed up as a Geisha (including make-up and wearing a Kimono), take a walk(60minutes) in a traditional district located near the studio. The package includes four (2L size) pictures with original picture cover.
The process of becoming a Maiko in Aya studio
p/s Some photos are screenshots from videos.
After photo shooting, go for a walk!
Behind the scene
That’s all for our Maiko Experience Trip. If you want to know more about the Maiko Experience in Kyoto, leave a comment or contact me on Facebook. 🙂 I will tell you everything I know such as how to make reservation and stuff. I will also upload the video of the Maiko experience so that you can enjoy more visually.
Any request in Japan? Let me know and I will go take photos and videos for you!