I celebrated my birthday in a very special way this year: me and my twinsister Dorith did a Maiko makeover! A Maiko is an apprentice Geisha, with a beautiful white face and red lips, elaborate hairpieces and a really colourful kimono. We’ve seen them strolling around in Kyoto, but what is it like to dress up like that? Dorith and I wanted to know, and we went to a place called “Yumekoubou” for our Maiko transformation!
The whole thing took about 2.5 hours, it’s quite some work to get all the makeup and dressing done! First, they put on a thick layer of white makeup on our faces, including the back of our necks. It looked very ghostly :)
After that, they apply the makeup consisting of red and black lines. When I opened my eyes I could hardly recognize myself :)
Then, we chose our kimonos. My sister had a beautiful dark blue one and I went for bright red. A Maiko kimono consists of many layers and all in all it’s a very heavy thing to wear. Also we felt a bit like presents, being wrapped up in beautiful paper, haha.
Lastly, they put on the wigs. They’re like helmets, fully ornamented and also, very heavy!
And now we are Maiko! On high sandals, we walked around a bit (you’re barely able to move in the kimono since it’s so tight) and made some pictures before going to the professional photoshoot. A photographer made tons of pictures, with many props and different poses. The photos turned out really nice :-)
After an hour or so, we got quite tired of the heavy dress and wig, and decided to turn back in to our blonde selves :). But we had a great time, it was so much fun ^^