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Satoharu who debuted as a maiko (apprentice geisha) in the Miyagawa-cho district November 2009 in Kyoto, Japan.

Next time I visit Japan, I want to be made up into a Geisha girl. BTW, Geisha girls are not prostitutes as often thought. I did not take this photo.

Black & White Geisha

Maiko is an apprentice geisha in western Japan, especially Kyoto. 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.

I grew up being told off and on about Geisha and studied them briefly in college.  Such a wonderful culture and lifestyle that I wish would flourish once more.

I grew up being told of and on about Geisha and studied them briefly in college. Such a wonderful culture and lifestyle that I wish would flourish once more.

Pink deer headdress- Kawaii kitsch fascinator flowers and bells Asian Japanese style on Etsy, $230.00

Pink deer headdress- Kawaii kitsch fascinator flowers and bells asian Japanese style

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Probably, I think that she is not a geisha girl but "Maiko." As for her, on conditions, it is too young that the geisha girl has the completed art-entertainments. A severe long lesson is required to become a geisha girl.

momoyama / Michael Chandler's set on flickr - The maiko (apprentice geisha) Satohina.    Together with other maiko and geiko (geisha) of the Kamishichiken district, Satohina was hosting an open air tea ceremony at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kyoto, Japan.

japan / portrait / canon / people / beauty / festival / tea ceremony 上七軒舞妓 さと雛さん The maiko (apprentice geisha) Satohina. Together with other maiko and geiko (geisha) of the Kamishichiken district, Satohina was hosting an open air tea ceremony a beauty?

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I am so lucky to be Married to the most amazing man on earth The knights maiden (was mystormyknights), and with our children we are one happy and blessed family

Imperial Dowager Cixi, unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years from 1861 to her death in 1908.

Who Was Empress Dowager Cixi?

The Ci-Xi Imperial Dowager Empress - Regency 11 November 1861 – 15 November 1908 concurrently with Empress Dowager Ci'an

I think the thick white makeup is sunscreen enough, but hey.  Who am I to object.

"It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for Geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances. The rest is shadows. The rest is secret" (from Memoirs of a Geisha).

The Maiko Katsuya at Baikasai in Kyoto (c) By John Paul Foster

The maiko Katsuya of Kamishichiken talks to a customer during the Baikasai Festival at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto. Katsuya is now a geisha.

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