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Photo, 1910’s, Japan.  “Two Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) wearing Autumn ensembles. The girl on the left-hand side of the picture is wearing a classic combination of Sakura (cherry blossom) and Momiji (maple leaves), together with a Rangiku (spider chrysanthemum) Eri (inside collar), while the girl on the right-hand side of the picture is wearing Kiku (chrysanthemums) and Kikyou (Chinese bellflower).” Text and image via Blue Ruin 1 of Flickr

“Two Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) wearing Autumn ensembles. The girl on the left-hand side of the picture is wearing a classic combination of Sakura (cherry blossom) and Momiji.

Geiko Tokiko and Friend 1920s  Geiko Tokiko (standing on the right) in costume for the Miyako Odori (Cherry Dance). Tokiko first appeared in the 1917 Miyako Odori programme as a maiko (apprentice geisha) and last appeared in the 1926 programme as a geiko (geisha). By 1928 a new maiko appeared under the name Tokiko.

Geiko Tokiko (right) fr Miyako Odori (Cherry dance, Tokiko appeared in th 1917 Miyako Odori program as maiko (apprentice geisha) & last appeared in 1926 as geiko (geisha). By 1928 a new maiko appeared under th name Tokiko

The Geiko (Geisha) in the Fishing Net Kimono and two of her companions, 1910s

Two Maiko - apprentice geisha- and their Onesan - older sister in the Geiko community, boating on the Kamo River, 1917

Japanese Girls in the Taisho Period – Maikos and Geikos from Kyoto in the 1910s-20s

okiya: Relaxing on a Balcony (by Blue From left to right, Maiko Kohisa, Maiko Momotaro and Maiko Fumiryu.

1910....TAYUU AND TWO ATTENDANTS....JAPAN....PHOTOGRAPHER BY YUKI WILLY....OF FLICKR......ON THEKIMONOGALLERY.TUMBLR........

shewhoworshipscarlin: “Tayuu and two attendants, Japan. (A Tayuu, at this time, was an expensive prostitute.

https://flic.kr/p/qENLNs | Beside a Wood 1938 | Maiko (apprentice geisha) Hisazuru sitting on a bridge beside a wooded hillside.

Beside a Wood Maiko (apprentice geisha) Hisazuru sitting on a bridge beside a wooded hillside. Text and image via Blue Ruin, Japan

thekimonogallery: “Maiko. 1910, Japan. Image via Pinterest ”

A Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) sitting on an asymmetrical chaise et canapé (chair and sofa) in the Art Nouveau style. Her headdress and her Handara musubi (half-length Darari knot of her sash) indicate that she is dressed for an odori (dance).

Maiko Fukiko 1920s  Maiko (apprentice geisha) Fukiko, her kanzashi (hair ornaments) suggest that she is dressed for a tea ceremony, during the late 1920s or early 1930s.

Maiko Fukiko Maiko (apprentice geisha) Fukiko, her kanzashi (hair ornaments) suggest that she is dressed for a tea ceremony, during the late or early

Maiko Fumi and Friend (1940)    “Maiko Fumi on the right-hand side in the green kimono, with another unidentified Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) in orange. Early 30's - 40's

okiya: Maiko Fumi and Friend “Maiko Fumi on the right-hand side in the green kimono, with another unidentified Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) in orange. A vintage postcard from the late or early (source)

Famous Mineko Iwasaki as Geiko. Eri-kae or "turning of the collar" is the stage when a maiko, after 4-5 years of training, become Geiko. During this period they sport a hairstyle called Sakkou and dance a special number called Kurokami ("Jet-black Hair").

Famous Mineko Iwasaki as Geiko. Eri-kae or "turning of the collar" is the stage when a maiko, after years of training, become Geiko. During this period they sport a hairstyle called Sakkou and dance a special number called Kurokami ("Jet-black Hair").

Maiko wearing Black Crested Kimonos 1930s.  As there is a New Year’s decoration above the doorway these maiko (apprentice geisha) may be assembled for the commencement ceremony (7th January). However, they are not wearing the traditional ears of rice in their hair.  Text and image via Blue Ruin 1 on Flickr

Maiko wearing Black Crested Kimonos As there is a New Year’s decoration above the doorway these maiko (apprentice geisha) may be assembled for the commencement ceremony January).

Yes please...Want to dress up as a Geisha Maiko? There are several shops and studios around Kyoto, Japan that offer the complete transformation.

Travel Inspiration for Japan - Want to dress up as a Geisha Maiko? There are several shops and studios around Kyoto, Japan that offer the complete transformation.

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