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Maiko Makeover

舞妓さんになりました! I had been really excited about getting made up as a Maiko ever since we planned on visiting the city of Kyoto, and was heavily pitching it to Shasha and Ruru when we were planning our itinerary.

For the record, our general plans for the trip:

On my must-do list
– Fushimi Inari (read more)
– Maiko Makeover

Shasha’s must-do list
– Universal Studios Japan (read more)
– Nara Park (read more)
– An awesome onsen she visited on a previous trip (it was a Jimjilbang style onsen – for lack of a better Japanese equivalent – with a summer festival vibe). Unfortunately, the three of us somehow managed to synch our uteri and so we weren’t able to visit the onsen after all. Being female can be really sucky for traveling.

Ruru’s must-do list (it was her virgin trip to Japan!)
– All sorts of Japanese food
– The product designer in her had to pay a visit to Loft, an interesting goods store with branches in Thailand as well.

Anyway, we headed over to Maica, which was located in a small quiet street in Gion. We had previously made a reservation online, so were worried that we would find ourselves to be maigo (迷子) on our way to become maiko (舞妓)… very punny. :p

Panorama view of Maica in Kyoto, Japan.

We informed the staff on the package we wanted (the Nagomi plan for ¥10,800 including tax), and commenced up the stairs to the changing rooms. Phones and other recording devices were not allowed there – we had to cough out a few more hundred yen to store our belongings in lockers, and whatever cameras we wanted to use after our makeover was stored for free in a separate locker – so I wasn’t able to capture the makeover process. You’ll have to take my word for it when I say that they were very efficient all the way from getting us to choose our kimonos and wigs to applying our makeup.

Maiko makeover at Maica in Gion, Kyoto Japan.The three of us all made up!

Daylight was getting scarce by the time we were done, but we managed to get some shots on the street directly outside the shop. We also had to be supervised by a staff member while taking photos outside; she ended up being our photographer for most of our shots, and I think we wound up entertaining her with many of our uncharacteristic (read: unglam) poses.

Maiko makeover at Maica in Gion, Kyoto Japan.Here’s an obligatory demure shot of us at the shop entrance though.

Hey, I also managed to get a couple of OOTD shots 😂

Maiko makeover at Maica in Gion, Kyoto Japan.

Maiko makeover at Maica in Gion, Kyoto Japan.

Maiko makeover at Maica in Gion, Kyoto Japan.

Animated gif of maiko playing with props at Maica, Gion Kyoto Japan.

Maiko playing with an ornamental ball at Maica, Gion Kyoto Japan.

Maiko makeover at Maica in Gion, Kyoto Japan.

Maiko makeover at Maica in Gion, Kyoto Japan.

Maiko makeover at Maica in Gion, Kyoto Japan.

Maiko makeover at Maica in Gion, Kyoto Japan.

Maiko makeover at Maica in Gion, Kyoto Japan.

Maiko makeover at Maica in Gion, Kyoto Japan.

Cat ears beanie outfit in Kyoto, Japan.Took a quick mirror selfie for the outfit I transformed back into. 地味~ 😂

As usual, we had to get ourselves our daily dose of Manneken waffles – the cream cheese waffle below was the best!

Manneken cream cheese waffle and gingko leaves on a kotatsu in Kyoto, Japan.

Manneken cream cheese waffle in Kyoto, Japan.

Wearing
Maica kimono

Photos assisted by the very patient Maica staff, Shasha & Ruru.

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