Dressed in formal, black kimono maiko (apprentice geisha) from the Miyagawa-cho district of Kyoto, Japan visit tea houses and teachers to wish them a happy new year. In front the maiko Fukuhiro with Fukue, Fukuho and Fukuya behind.
), geiko (芸子) or geigi (芸妓) are traditional, female Japanese entertainers whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music and dance-maiko are apprentice geisha by Sam Ryan
Miko are women in the service of Shinto shrines (at the biennial Sanno Festival in Tokyo).The translation of Miko is "woman of god" (chosen by, or totally devoted to, the gods), but the closest meaning is "shrine maiden." Photo by tokyobling.
The part of town where you'll likely see a geisha. It's more common to see the apprentice "maiko" than a geisha. Most people mistake a maiko for a geisha. Maikos wear a dangling obi and dangling hair ornament while geishas do not.