Maiko. What is Maiko?
Maiko is an apprentice Geisha. Geisha, Geiko, Geigi are synonyms, they are traditional Japanese entertainers whose skills include performing various Japanese arts, such as classical music and dance.
The Maiko appear very differently from the fully-qualified Geisha.The scarlet-fringed collar of a Maiko's Kimono hangs very loosely in the back to accentuate the nape of the neck, which is considered a primary erotic area in Japanese sexuality.
Traditionally, Geisha begin their training at a very young age. Some girls are bonded to geisha houses (Okiya) as children, and, as an apprentice,are therefore bonded under contract to her Okiya.Her training is very expensive and her debt must be repaid to the Okiya with the earnings she makes.
There are three major elements of a Maiko's training. Formal Arts, Entertainment and Social Skills.
Please, if you come-across a Maiko, do not accost her. She will be happy to have her photo taken with you, buy please show respect and courtesy.