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Beautiful Kyoto: Being a Maiko (featuring Fukunae-san)
Beautiful Kyoto: Being a Maiko (featuring Fukunae-san)
DATE: 2015/05/01::
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Maiko - Jeune Demoiselle - Official Music Video
Maiko - Jeune Demoiselle - Official Music Video
DATE: 2015/05/01::
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Maiko - Li vé [Clip Officiel]
Maiko - Li vé [Clip Officiel]
DATE: 2014/11/07::
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Differences between a Geiko (Geisha) and a Maiko (with subtitles) 【HD】
Differences between a Geiko (Geisha) and a Maiko (with subtitles) 【HD】
DATE: 2013/01/16::
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MAIKO - Nouvelle Rencontre [CLIP OFFICIEL]
MAIKO - Nouvelle Rencontre [CLIP OFFICIEL]
DATE: 2012/08/06::
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MAÏKO - Elle Me Rend Fou [Clip Officiel]
MAÏKO - Elle Me Rend Fou [Clip Officiel]
DATE: 2013/01/13::
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Begin Japanology  Geiko and Maiko
Begin Japanology Geiko and Maiko
DATE: 2013/09/19::
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Maiko Dance: Kyo no Shiki - Four Seasons of Kyoto 【HD】
Maiko Dance: Kyo no Shiki - Four Seasons of Kyoto 【HD】
DATE: 2012/06/07::
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Make up Maiko
Make up Maiko
DATE: 2013/03/28::
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Maiko or trainee Geisha Being Dressed - Full Version
Maiko or trainee Geisha Being Dressed - Full Version
DATE: 2009/09/18::
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Maiko My Love.Los San Joseph Studio Universal Production.mp4
Maiko My Love.Los San Joseph Studio Universal Production.mp4
DATE: 2010/12/25::
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Mienai Tsuki - Fujita Maiko (Sub. Español)
Mienai Tsuki - Fujita Maiko (Sub. Español)
DATE: 2015/01/24::
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藤田麻衣子 -「Let It Go ~ありのままで~(1人で20人アカペラ)」【アナ雪 COVER】
藤田麻衣子 -「Let It Go ~ありのままで~(1人で20人アカペラ)」【アナ雪 COVER】
DATE: 2014/08/07::
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Fujita Maiko - Tomadoi Lyrics
Fujita Maiko - Tomadoi Lyrics
DATE: 2014/05/04::
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Maïko - Ensemb ou [Clip Officiel]
Maïko - Ensemb ou [Clip Officiel]
DATE: 2011/12/21::
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Fujita Maiko - Unmei no Hito
Fujita Maiko - Unmei no Hito
DATE: 2010/02/16::
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[Japanese Movie] Maiko Haaaan!!! 2007  舞妓Haaaan!  Full Engsub
[Japanese Movie] Maiko Haaaan!!! 2007 舞妓Haaaan! Full Engsub
DATE: 2015/06/17::
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Fujita Maiko - Nee - [藤田麻衣子 - ねぇ] Hiiro No Kakera - sub. español
Fujita Maiko - Nee - [藤田麻衣子 - ねぇ] Hiiro No Kakera - sub. español
DATE: 2012/06/09::
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[vietsub+kara] hotaru - fujita maiko
[vietsub+kara] hotaru - fujita maiko
DATE: 2013/08/04::
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ღ BROCHAS MAIKO ღ
ღ BROCHAS MAIKO ღ
DATE: 2014/10/08::
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[Kanji+Rom+Sub English+Sub Español] Fujita Maiko (藤田麻衣子) - Mienai Tsuki (見えない月)
[Kanji+Rom+Sub English+Sub Español] Fujita Maiko (藤田麻衣子) - Mienai Tsuki (見えない月)
DATE: 2013/08/24::
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藤田麻衣子 (Fujita Maiko) さわって (Sawatte) Sub español | AMV
藤田麻衣子 (Fujita Maiko) さわって (Sawatte) Sub español | AMV
DATE: 2015/02/18::
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Koi ni Ochite-Fall In love (Enamorarse) Fujita Maiko Sub Español
Koi ni Ochite-Fall In love (Enamorarse) Fujita Maiko Sub Español
DATE: 2012/04/17::
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FOR PEOPLE - MAIKO [OFFICIAL VIDEOCLIP]
FOR PEOPLE - MAIKO [OFFICIAL VIDEOCLIP]
DATE: 2013/09/18::
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★Nightcore - Whats My Name 【Maiko Nakamura】
★Nightcore - Whats My Name 【Maiko Nakamura】
DATE: 2015/02/24::
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Maiko Nakamura - Delicate My Love
Maiko Nakamura - Delicate My Love
DATE: 2014/02/25::
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Maiko Fujita - Takaramono Sub. Español
Maiko Fujita - Takaramono Sub. Español
DATE: 2014/07/28::
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[Synthesia] Fujita Maiko - Nee (Opening) (Piano) [Hiiro no Kakera]
[Synthesia] Fujita Maiko - Nee (Opening) (Piano) [Hiiro no Kakera]
DATE: 2014/11/10::
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【MAD】The Distance - Cliff Edge ft Nakamura Maiko
【MAD】The Distance - Cliff Edge ft Nakamura Maiko
DATE: 2015/03/04::
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"The Distance" Maiko Nakamura Ft. Cliff edge Lyric Video
"The Distance" Maiko Nakamura Ft. Cliff edge Lyric Video
DATE: 2015/03/20::
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Mou Ichido - Fujita Maiko (Sub. Español)
Mou Ichido - Fujita Maiko (Sub. Español)
DATE: 2015/01/17::
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Fujita Maiko (藤田麻衣子) - Takaramono (宝物)
Fujita Maiko (藤田麻衣子) - Takaramono (宝物)
DATE: 2013/02/15::
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Heiko Maiko - Glucklich
Heiko Maiko - Glucklich
DATE: 2007/05/31::
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Ms Maiko - Clarita como el agua
Ms Maiko - Clarita como el agua
DATE: 2014/05/26::
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Heiko & Maiko   Morseton 2FAST Bootleg
Heiko & Maiko Morseton 2FAST Bootleg
DATE: 2014/04/13::
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►Nee◄ fujita maiko sub español
►Nee◄ fujita maiko sub español
DATE: 2012/05/03::
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Cliff Edge - Angel feat Nakamura Maiko
Cliff Edge - Angel feat Nakamura Maiko
DATE: 2014/12/15::
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Maiko - Enfance difficile
Maiko - Enfance difficile
DATE: 2012/07/14::
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[HD] Fujita Maiko - Nee with Romaji & English Sub
[HD] Fujita Maiko - Nee with Romaji & English Sub
DATE: 2012/07/12::
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koi ni ochite - fujita maiko (Hiiro no Kakera)
koi ni ochite - fujita maiko (Hiiro no Kakera)
DATE: 2014/04/06::
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English/Japanese Lyrics Nee by Fujita Maiko-Hiiro no kakera Full OP
English/Japanese Lyrics Nee by Fujita Maiko-Hiiro no kakera Full OP
DATE: 2013/07/14::
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Fujita Maiko (藤田麻衣子) - Hanabi (花火)
Fujita Maiko (藤田麻衣子) - Hanabi (花火)
DATE: 2011/11/22::
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Hotaru with lyrics - Fujita Maiko
Hotaru with lyrics - Fujita Maiko
DATE: 2014/11/13::
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მაიკო მიხელიძე - არ მაპატია / Maiko Mixelidze - Ar Mapatia
მაიკო მიხელიძე - არ მაპატია / Maiko Mixelidze - Ar Mapatia
DATE: 2015/03/03::
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Maiko Fujita - Koi ni ochite Sub. Español
Maiko Fujita - Koi ni ochite Sub. Español
DATE: 2014/08/07::
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Fujita Maiko (藤田麻衣子) - Kakehiki (駆け引き)
Fujita Maiko (藤田麻衣子) - Kakehiki (駆け引き)
DATE: 2011/06/04::
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Sunloverz - Shine On (Heiko & Maiko remix)
Sunloverz - Shine On (Heiko & Maiko remix)
DATE: 2007/11/26::
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[UTAU] Bad Apple!! - Maiko Hakaine
[UTAU] Bad Apple!! - Maiko Hakaine
DATE: 2014/07/14::
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[UTAU] Maiko Hakaine - Ievan Polkka (HD)
[UTAU] Maiko Hakaine - Ievan Polkka (HD)
DATE: 2015/04/22::
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Fujita Maiko (藤田麻衣子) - Takanaru (高鳴る)
Fujita Maiko (藤田麻衣子) - Takanaru (高鳴る)
DATE: 2012/10/24::
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Misedashi, a day when a girl becomes maiko. Notice two dangling kanzashi on the sides of her hairstyle.

Maiko (舞妓?) is an apprentice geiko (not exactly same as geisha) in Kyoto, western Japan. 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 old and become geiko after learning how to dance the traditional kyomai dances, play the shamisen, and learning Kyō-kotoba (dialect of Kyoto), regardless of their origins.

Origin[edit]

Maiko originated from women who served green tea and dango (Japanese dumpling made from rice flour) to people who visited the Kitano Tenman-gū or Yasaka Shrine (these are the two of the famous shrines in Kyoto) at teahouses in the temple town about 300 years ago.

At first, women served only green tea and dango, but they gradually started to perform songs and dances for visitors.

Appearance[edit]

Hair[edit]

During their career a maiko will wear different kinds of nihongami (Japanese traditional hairstyles) depending on rank, formality and occasion. They decorate their hairstyles with seasonal kanzashi (traditional hair ornaments). Maiko, unlike geiko, use their own hair and not wigs. They go to the nihongami hairdresser once a week, meaning that they have to sleep on a takamakura (wooden block with a pillow) in order to maintain it.

Wareshinobu[edit]

(割れしのぶ): Wareshinobu is worn by junior maiko for the first 2-3 years. A mage (bun) is made by inserting two red kanako (padded silk) and is then decorated with a kanaokodome in the center of the mage. It's worn for misedashi (formal debut) where they will wear formal kanzashi made out of tortoise shell, silver and red miokuri and two bira bira.

Ofuku[edit]

(おふく): Ofuku is the default hairstyle for senior maiko. It looks similar to wareshinobu, but the mage has a slightly different shape, and instead of using kanako they will wear a tegarami (triangular silk). The color of the tegarami changes as the maiko gets older. Right after switching hairstyles it will be red, then pink and finally blue. Sometimes colors such as green, yellow or orange are seen, although it is quite rare.

Yakko Shimada[edit]

(奴島田): Yakko Shamada is worn by senior maiko for Shigyoshiki (the start of another year), Hassaku (summer Thanksgiving) and Setsubun. The mage is quite big and is parted with a hatsuyori kanzashi. For winter the hatsuyori will be mainly coral with one jade bead, and for summer it will be mainly jade with one coral bead. It also has a long kanako that can be many colors, although red most common.

Katsuyama[edit]

(勝山): Katsuyama is worn by every senior maiko during Gion Matsuri. The mage resebmels Yakko Shimada in both shape and in that it has a long kanako that can be red, pink or blue if the maiko is very senior. On either side of the mage are bon-ten (silver flower kanzashi). It is said that the hairstyle was created by the oiran Katsuyama from the Edo period. It used to be a popular hairstyle for married women.

Sakkou[edit]

(先笄): Sakkou is the last hairstyle worn by maiko before becoming full fledged geiko, and is worn for two weeks before the erikae. It is the most elaborate and expensive of all the hairstyles. It's decorated with formal tortoise shell kanzashi, and a special sakkou kanzashi designed by the maiko herself, usually crest of the okiya and with auspicious animals like cranes and tortoises. The mage is very complex and has a hanging streak of hair. The night before the erikae the okaa-san (proprietress) and fellow maiko and geiko will cut the streak of hair and the ties holding the hairstyle together.

Hikizuri[edit]

(引きずり): Maiko wear special kimono called hikizuri. They are usually 200 cm long, with a padded hem to create weight so it will trail beautifully on the floor. When outside a maiko will hold her hikizuri up with her hands, or tie it in place so that it does not touch the ground. The sleeves are long like a those of a furisode. The kimono can be any color and the motifs and patterns are seasonal. For formal occasions the maiko will wear a black hikizuri with 5 okiya crests.

Darari obi[edit]

(だらり帯): The darari obi is a 6-7 meters long obi worn exclusively by maiko. Due to it's length and weight an otokoshi-san (male dresser) is needed to tie it. At the end of the darari obi is a crest, so that every one can see which okiya the maiko belongs to. For formal occasions the maiko will wear a gold obi.

Jobs[edit]

In the morning, maiko take lessons to polish their performances. At night, they go out to work. They are usually given the opportunity to eat at high-class Japanese-style restaurants or stay in Japanese-style hotels. They perform dances, songs, play the shamisen, and serve visitors with sake. Recently, their jobs have expanded to include visiting nursing institutions or hospitals. Some maiko are also dispatched overseas.

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