Sunday, December 10, 2006

Why do maikos make their faces so white?

GIon area, Kyoto sightseeing
Why do they make up their faces so white?

Because they used to dance under the dark light of candle at night in those days and only white makeup can make them look as beautiful as under the sun.

Maikos dance elegantly at small evening and night parties to make the guests enjoy. In those day the party used to hold at night only under the dark candle light. So they need to make up their faces so white to make them look as beautiful as in the daytime.

Now we use fluorescent lamps to lighten gloomy rooms at night even in the traditional house and the rooms look light just like the daytime. A candle is used only in electric power failure, occurred once in some years.

We can truly enjoy the beauty of maiko only under the candle light, not under the fluorescent lamps.
Location by Google Map

6 Comments:

At 12/10/2006 8:15 PM, Blogger travelau said...

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At 12/10/2006 8:19 PM, Blogger Mimmu said...

She is like a flower!
And thank you for explaining white colour, I have been wondering that.
Very, very nice picture of this maiko, so exotic to us.

 
At 12/11/2006 4:28 PM, Anonymous Zsolt72 said...

yess...I even wanted to write she was sitting there like a flower when I saw Mimmu wrote the same. And her little flower icon is refering to her comment:)

 
At 12/12/2006 6:23 AM, Blogger macky said...

Thank you for the comments.
Yes, she is very cute and exotic even to Japanese today, strange to say!

 
At 12/13/2006 4:55 AM, Blogger Ming_the_Merciless said...

Are there full-time geisha still in Kyoto?

 
At 12/15/2006 2:44 AM, Blogger macky said...

ming: Yes, there are still now. Full time geisha do exist even in Tokyo. They dance or sing or play some instruments to entertain guests at a closed room of japanese restaurant.

 

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