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Geisha (芸者?), 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 (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, play the shamisen, and learning Kyō-kotoba (dialect of Kyoto), regardless of their origins.

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.

Maiko Henshin japanese girl at Sannen-zaka street, Kyoto, Japan by Alex_Saurel, via Flickr Kimokame.com