Maiko is an apprentice geisha in western Japan, especially Kyoto. Maiko are usually aged 15 to 20 years old and become geisha after learning how to dance (a kind of Japanese traditional dance), play the shamisen, and learning Kyō-kotoba (dialect of Kyoto)
"Tomesode and obi - the nape of a woman's neck is considered very sensual and beautiful in the Japanese culture. Kimonos are designed to draw attention to the neck with upswept hair. Noted for costume design.