Behind the Shiori for power lies the Red Princess. Unlike the Red Empress, the Red Princess is not allowed to wear red silks until her coronation. Instead, they typically wear light pinks or purples. If a Red Empress is unable to produce a female heir, another family member is chosen.
The white make-up and elaborate kimono and hair of a maiko is the popular image held of geisha. A woman entering the geisha community does not have to begin as a maiko, having the opportunity to begin her career as a full geisha. Either way, however, usually a year's training is involved before debuting either as a maiko or as a geisha. A woman above 21 is considered too old to be a maiko and becomes a full geisha upon her initiation into the geisha community.