The second time I did a maiko dressup, I went with some friends of mine. I didn’t do any of the booking, but my friend managed to find a studio right in front of Kyoto station that included hair, makeup, dressing, professional photography, and a trip outside for about 10,000 yen. Just a warning, this post is mostly photos.
After makeup came the wig.
Finally, dressing in kimono. They had a good selection of kimono and obi to choose from and they took care of all the dressing.
Everybody else went out to walk around town in their kimono. Unfortunately, I had tickets to see a stage production in Osaka that night and I had to leave early. It took longer than expected for all six of us to get dressed. I definitely enjoyed this experience more than my first one. It was a lot more professional and they weren’t trying to rush us through.
I also discovered a reason why maiko would blacken their teeth. With all that white makeup on, it doesn’t matter how white your teeth are, they will always be yellow in comparison to your face!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my transformation! And thank you to whomever was holding my camera and taking pictures. I know it got passed around a lot. Miss you guys!