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geisha-kai:

Many people ask me about the visual differences between Kyoto and Tokyo geisha. Let’s sum these up!

1. HAIRSTYLE

Both Kyoto and Tokyo geisha wear wigs but their hairstyles may differ a bit. Kyoto geisha wear only taka shimada:

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Tokyo geisha can wear both Taka Shimada or Tsubushi Shimada…

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Maiko Koyoshi in Kyoto by Héctor de Pereda on Flickr.
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Maiko Koyoshi, beautiful behind by Onihide on Flickr.
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京都の花(とし桃さん)-1 by nobuflickr on Flickr.Toshimomo from Nobuhiro Suhara.

京都の花(とし桃さん)-1 by nobuflickr on Flickr.

Toshimomo from Nobuhiro Suhara.

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maiko or geisha #geisha #kyoto #gion #japan #kimono #lovely #girl #traditional by mukyaa@rocketmail.com on Flickr.Yukiha.
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Ookini Party ‘09 #4 舞妓 君波 by Onihide on Flickr.Kimiha featured in this photo from Onihide.

Ookini Party ‘09 #4 舞妓 君波 by Onihide on Flickr.

Kimiha featured in this photo from Onihide.

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Kimitomo, Satoai, and Kimiha by fuyou-hime on Flickr.
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Erikae, Kimiha #1 by Onihide on Flickr.
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Geisha by Just_MeHere on Flickr.Hard to believe Maiko Umechie is growing up so fast…she just became a Senior Maiko.

Geisha by Just_MeHere on Flickr.

Hard to believe Maiko Umechie is growing up so fast…she just became a Senior Maiko.

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Kagai in Octorber #27 by Onihide on Flickr.Katsuru.

Kagai in Octorber #27 by Onihide on Flickr.

Katsuru.