Travel to Japan and interview a Japanese Maiko, a Geisha apprentice part 2/2.
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Female: Could you tell us about the different kind of pieces of folding your work?
Female: Obi sash, long obi sash about seven meters or 21 feet and you can see family crest at the bottom. The Maiko’s were very young so they put a family crest on the on the Obi sash in case they get lost and the neighbors may know and get may tell on from which family they are from. So they put their family crest on the Obi sash.
Female: They have pack here. They are still children, kids, so this pack is for younger kids. Too long and their kimonos are too long, so not to long for her but this is intentionally done to show they are still kids.
Female: Long sleeves kimonos are present single women, so married wear short sleeve kimonos. She wears long sleeve kimono.
Female: Her real hair, is it—
Male: Is that your real hair? Or is that?
Female: Yes they are real hair. Yes! Yes! They have their hair down only once a week, not like this. They cannot change sleeping position so often. Very careful when they sleep.
Female: Kind of like take two clip her hair.
Female: About one hour to have her hair done.
Female: Every month they change the hair decoration. This is only in April.
Female: Cherry blossom.
Female: On may they have wisteria decoration. Again in June another—anyway they change their hair decoration every month.
Male: What’s the most difficult age of the client that you would entertain?
Female: Oh, there’s a—in their 50th.50s at 60s or 70s, 80s.
Female: She cannot meet with young guys, so she may not have chance to get married.
Female: Only by cash no credit.
Female: About married?
Male: Who gets—I mean who was to pay?
Female: They are going to the school supporting her financial. She gets some money like pay at $100.00 a month from the owner. So the owner gets the money and she’s supported by the owner and she learns everything from the tea house owner of the house.
Male: She also demonstrated for the group how she might dance for her client. Even Maiko’s is fun of the questions with a rare sense of humor and grace and she left the teahouse a gracious photo shoot of her departure as arranged.