Exotissimo, Asia’s leading Destination Management Company offers travelers in Kyoto a unique opportunity to meet with a maiko (geisha in training) and geisha to learn about their way of life.
Made famous by the book and subsequent film ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’, their profession is sometimes misunderstood by the public. In actuality, a geisha is a Japanese woman highly trained in performance and musical arts whose aim is to entertain an audience.
Even though the concept exists today, it is not as prevalent as it was in the past. This makes meeting and interacting with a maiko somewhat difficult. With Exotissimo’s Evening with a Maiko daytrip, travelers not only get to meet a maiko and a gesiha, but also receive in depth information about the profession from Peter Macintosh,an expert in geisha activity who has lived in Kyoto for more than 20 years. Peter is married to an ex-geisha and is a lecturer on Geisha Studies at Kansai University.
“Our geisha experience promises an intriguing and unique experience”, said Peter Cools, Product Manager at Exotissimo Japan. “Many are wowed by the women’s elegance and find our ‘Evening with a maiko’ program and extremely entertaining and enlightening experience.”
In addition, Peter will take guests on a walking tour of Kyoto and its geisha districts, explaining the origins of the concept as well as its present and future status. Afterwards, he will take guests to a private bar for drinks and an hour of private geisha or maiko entertainment. Travelers will also have the opportunity to ask questions about their lives from the women themselves. This unique experience is an excellent extension to a Kyoto tour.