Becoming a Geisha in Japan

Say hello to my little friend

There are things that I will look back on in 10 years and wonder, what was I doing?  How did I get myself into that situation?  Dressing like a geisha in Japan is going to be one of those occasions, because even now, I’m not sure how I got myself into it.  But if you go to Japan, you should do it too.

First off, I was the only foreigner at the geisha make-over center that day.  I also was the only English-speaking person.  It makes it more difficult let someone put white makeup all over you, including down your back, but my god, it was fun and I think both myself and Yves (my travel companion) laughed so hard we cried multiple times that day.

This is an activity you can book both in Kyoto or Tokyo and there are lots of options online.  I went with Kyoto Maica in Kyoto because it was part of a national holiday and locals were dressing up too.  It’s about $150 depending on the time of year, but it was totally worth it.  I also made a calendar out of some of my more edgy photos and gave them to family for Christmas.

Be prepared, you will be coated in white makeup and it will take a long time to wash off.  You will also be wearing more layers than you ever have in your entire life.

Also, try to be more reverent than me.

Don’t lean forward
Geisha with attitude
So demure