Discover the Spectacular Journey of a Geisha

Discover the Spectacular Journey of a Geisha - URHUBB


Hello Peeps,

So, you've probably heard about Geishas, right?

Maybe from those Japanese comic books or when you were exploring Japanese culture and, oh, perhaps you've even watched a movie called Memoirs Of A Geisha?

FYI, the movie showcased is pure fiction! how can I be sure...

Well during my visit to Kyoto, Japan. I was fascinated with the city's rich history, cultural heritage, and beautiful landmarks. Not to forget it was the birthplace of Geishas'. Which was something I was interested to learn more about.

I learned more about Geisha during my night walking tour in Gino district led by the locals of kyoto. Below are a few pictures I took while we were walking. 

This was the street where it all started. 

This is a temple that many high commands and movie stars choose to donate to for safekeeping.


 So it all started in the late 13th century. It sure was a long time but today it is known by its people.

fascinating information you would want to know is that the first Geisha were actually men! These talented individuals underwent rigorous training in Japanese culture and art and even welcomed high officials during important gatherings.

Throughout history, women have been introduced to the art and this remains true until this day. However, now there are fewer male geishas compared to females.

Who are they?

They are artists and entertainers trained in Japanese performing arts like dance, music, and singing. Also are proficient conversationalists and hosts.


Geisha's training?

Geishas (Geiko) undergo extensive 5-year training like any individual attending university to earn their certification; their training school is no different.

However, becoming one is no easy feat, especially if you aim to gain recognition from officials. Training begins at the age of 15-16, with trainees (known as Maiko) living away from their families in lodging houses known as 'Okiya,' under the supervision of a head. They go through 3 levels until they become an actual Geisha.

  • Maiko's: Wear colorful kimono with a red collar and high Okobo (heels slippers).
  • Geishas (Geiko): Simpler kimono with simpler colors, silk concentration and flat slipper.

A glimpse into their cozy lodge

They attend school daily and follow a schedule to learn subjects like dance, makeup, traditional Japanese instruments, board games, Japanese culture and hosting tea ceremonies.

Take note, They cannot go out easily, they are not allowed to have cell phones, they have certain diets, they do not sleep on normal pillows, and they have a certain way of living. not easy right?

Not only do they go through the above, but also because they constantly need to maintain a specific hairstyle and cannot alter it for a few days (yes, they sleep with it on those hard stone-like pillows) which often results in hair loss and may resort to wearing a wig as they advance in their training. 

Overall, they symbolize elegance & refined appearance. includes wearing elaborate kimonos, traditional hairstyles, and distinct white makeup.


Embarking on the path to becoming a Geisha is no easy feat, but the rewards are worth it since they are very respected in their community.


Special note: Geishas can only marry after they retire, as they are committed solely to their art until then.


  She is a Maiko as you can see her slippers, she is a trainee.

Geisha now?

There used to be loads of Geisha in Japan, but now that the training is tough and ladies have more career options, there are only 1,000 left in the whole country!. Sad right?


Where can you take a glimpse of them?

Most probably, you will be able to get a glimpse of a Geisha walking in Hanami-koji-dori, Gino district. known for its tea houses where Geishas attend and entertain high official ceremonies.


Tea houses are typically exclusive to high-ranking officials and well-known individuals in the community. An invitation from a member of a tea house is necessary to gain entry.


However, keep in mind you must respect their privacy by being respectful when taking pictures, looking but not staring or touching, and do not enter a tea house unless you have been invited to or attending one.



I refrained from taking pictures during the local tour to respect their privacy and fully immerse myself in the atmosphere, conversation, and history.


All I can say is that they represent the beauty and elegance of Japan.



Note: All images excluding a few were sourced from other platforms to showcase the experience and the vibrant streets.

I hope you had a blast experiencing this great walk with me!

If you ever visit the place and need suggestions or even just a heads up, you know who to reach out to! :)


Until then ILLALIQA ^_^
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