Origins of MaikoEdit
Maiko originated from the women who served green tea and dango (Japanese dumplings made from rice flour) to people who visited the Kitano Tenman-gū or Yasaka Shrine. They also served these at teahouses in the temple town about 300 years ago.
At first the women only served the green tea and dango, but they eventually performed songs and dances for the visitors as well.
The maiko hairstyle is called 'nihon-gami' (a Japanese traditional hairstyle from the Edo period). They arrange their hairstyle with their own hair and insert Kanzashi (Japanese traditional hair accessories) into their hair with the seasonal flowers. The hairstyle always changes by the years of experience they have.
A maiko wears a kimono with the train trailing on the floor, they wear the darari-no-obi (special obi just for maiko) over the train, which is five meters (sixteen-feet) long and it hangs from their waist to their ankles.