Maiko documentary

A maiko is a female performer of singing, dancing, playing shamisen (three-stringed instrument) and other musical instruments who attends banquets held in the hanamachi (geisha/geiko districts), such as Gion of Kyoto. A maiko becomes a geiko when her apprenticeship is concluded. In the following interview, a maiko called Kikushino of the Hanafusa boarding house talks about her experiences:

1. Life of a maiko
Except for Sundays, I have lessons in nagauta (long epic songs), shamisen, Japanese flute, and taiko (drum). Depending on the lesson schedule, I get up around 9 a.m. After the lessons, I make a round of visits to the teahouses. Engagements at banquets start around 6 p.m. and I get home around midnight. I have to wait for my turn to take a bath, so usually I go to bed around 2 a.m.

2. Effort behind the scenes
Since I am not from Kyoto, there are many things to learn, such as the Kyoto dialect and manners. Mobile phones, dyed hair, and nail polish are prohibited. So it is a little sad that I couldn’t enjoy the same fashions as girls of my age.

3. Learning hanamachi ways
Half of the girls who started with me at the same time have already left. Although it is a difficult world to adapt to, I have the support of my “mother“ (mistress of the boarding house), who is strict as well as gentle, just like my real mother. So I can endure the hardship.

2013-02-24 08:26:32
MAIKO DOCUMENTARY: http://www.ana-cooljapan.com/traditions/ Do you think Maiko documentary of Japan is cool? Visit our special site and vote! Real Japan is even cooler! Why don’t you visit Japan on All Nippon Airways?
2013-03-05 01:04:41
MAIKO DOCUMENTARY: http://www.ana-cooljapan.com/traditions/ Do you think Maiko documentary of Japan is cool? Visit our special site and vote! Real Japan is even cooler! Why don’t you visit Japan on All Nippon Airways?
2013-03-07 23:41:09
MAIKO DOCUMENTARY: http://www.ana-cooljapan.com/traditions/ Do you think Maiko documentary of Japan is cool? Visit our special site and vote! Real Japan is even cooler! Why don’t you visit Japan on All Nippon Airways?
2013-03-09 00:27:39
MAIKO DOCUMENTARY: http://www.ana-cooljapan.com/traditions/ Do you think Maiko documentary of Japan is cool? Visit our special site and vote! Real Japan is even cooler! Why don’t you visit Japan on All Nippon Airways?
2013-03-22 03:35:08
MAIKO DOCUMENTARY: http://www.ana-cooljapan.com/traditions/ Do you think Maiko documentary of Japan is cool? Visit our special site and vote! Real Japan is even cooler! Why don’t you visit Japan on All Nippon Airways?
2013-05-20 12:20:03
in my kitty mascot maiko MAIKO DOCUMENTARY: http://www.ana-cooljapan.com/traditions/ Do you think Maiko documentary of Japan is cool? Visit our special site and vote! Real Japan is even cooler! Why don’t you visit Japan on All Nippon Airways?
2013-12-01 00:51:26
MAIKO DOCUMENTARY: http://www.ana-cooljapan.com/traditions/ Do you think Maiko documentary of Japan is cool? Visit our special site and vote! Real Japan is even cooler! Why don’t you visit Japan on All Nippon Airways?
497
32
7
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
Moon watching
観月の夕べ
Jidai Matsuri
時代祭
Modern jikatabi
モダン地下足袋
Mt. Fuji
富士山
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Food model
食品模型
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Tokyo Sky Tree
東京スカイツリー
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Mango
マンゴー
Shiisaa
シーサー
Japan
VOCALOID
Japan
Saint Seiya
Finland
Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing
Mexico
Street Fighter 4
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
NEXT GENERATION
TOYOTA x STUDIO4°C collaboration begins a new PES Project called “Next Generation”
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Department store basement
デパ地下
Kimono
着物
WASABI
山葵
SUSHI
寿司
URUSHI
漆芸
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
TABAIMO
Nerhol
TAKU OBATA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
JUDO
柔道
KYUDO
弓道
SHODO
書道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
e-Sports
e-Sports
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
PLAY STATION
PlayStation