Step-by-step Maiko Make-over

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So you’ve read my narrative about becoming a maiko. But one post of my maiko make-over is not enough. Let me give you a peek inside the studio of Gion Aya in Kyoto, Japan.

The WELCOME ROOM

Gion Aya

-I just created the name but this is where they will usher you as soon as you arrive. The staff will give you an album wherein you can pick the looks that you wanted.

The WASH/DRESSING ROOM

-As soon as you are finished choosing, you will be directed to the dressing room. There are lockers where you can leave your bag and clothes. They will give you the first layer of clothing like a bathrobe, which you will wrap around your body. They have a photo on the wall which demonstrates how to do it.

-The dressing room has toilet and lavatories. You will be asked to take your toilet break as the make-up session will take an hour. This is also where you will remove your make-up after the shoot. A make-up remover oil and a towel are provided.

THE MAKE-UP ROOM

-This is where the magic of the artist begins.

THE COSTUME ROOM

-As soon as the hair and make-up session is done, you’ll be asked to go upstairs to where the costumes are. Here you can choose the kimono that you want.

THE STUDIO

-If you have chosen the indoor shoot, then you’ll have it here. You will have three backgrounds to choose from.

Want to be a maiko for a day? Try it here. It will be one of the highlights of your Japan trip.