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Maiko Hatsuko and Maiko Hiroko 1920s. Maiko (舞妓?) is an apprentice geisha in western Japan, especially Kyoto. Their jobs consist of performing songs, dances, and playing the shamisen (three-stringed Japanese instrument) for visitors during feasts. 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)

Maiko Girls with Dolls 1920s/ it would be fun to find these lovely ladies in my family tree...

Maiko Hiroko reading a Book 1920s by Blue Ruin1, via Flickr : "Her name is written in kanji on the back of the postcard."

Three Maiko Girls with a Camera 1920s Maiko Hatsuko holding a camera, while two other Maiko girls (Apprentice Geisha) look on, a postcard from the mid 1920s.

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Japanese Geisha. It is rare to see one now even when you are in Kyoto.

Maiko (apprentice geisha) Sayaka : Kyoto, Japan / Japón by Lost in Japan, by Miguel Michán, via Flickr

Geishas are expert entertainers in traditional Japanese arts of the highest calibre.