Geisha : They are performers of the traditional arts.

▶ The geisha are traditional female entertainers. They perform classical arts like dance and music in shows and banquets. You might see geisha in the Gion district of Kyoto.

▶ The geisha start out as a trainee. In Kyoto, the trainees are called maiko. You can tell a maiko from a full geisha by the length of the sash she wears on her kimono. The maiko wears a long, hanging sash and a full geisha wears a short one. After some years of training, a maiko becomes a geisha.

▶ Most authentic geisha are in Kyoto or Tokyo. These geisha start training full-time while in their teens. Usually, they cannot go to school while training.