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?
474
32
7
Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
I am your Yuzen
友禅の色
Secrets of autumn colors
紅葉
Tea master
茶道家
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Hot spring spa
温泉
Japanese pub
居酒屋
Character bento
キャラ弁
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Yakatabune
屋形船
Tokyo Sky Tree
東京スカイツリー
International Avenue
国際通り
Public market
公設市場
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Japan
VOCALOID
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Japan
Hakuohki
Italy
One Piece
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
NEXT GENERATION
TOYOTA x STUDIO4°C collaboration begins a new PES Project called “Next Generation”
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
Department store basement
デパ地下
Candycrafts
あめ細工
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Japanese sake
日本酒
RAMEN
ラーメン
SOBA
蕎麦
KAISEKI
懐石
URUSHI
漆芸
TAKU OBATA
KOHEI NAWA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
MANABU IKEDA
NEBUTA MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
KYUDO
弓道
KARATEDO
空手
KENDO
剣道
JUDO
柔道