My Day as a Geisha in Kyoto

Guess who? My Geisha makeover...

Guess who? My Geisha makeover…

“No giggling allowed!” I said to Rebecca and Marie, head turned away to hide my own smirk. “We need the right attitude to pull this off.” Shuffling our feet an inch at a time, we painstakingly made our way towards the shrine looming at the end of the cobblestone street, less than a quarter of a mile away. The wooden platform of the Japanese geta on our feet was only three inches high, although it felt more like a foot. The sloped front of these so-called shoes made it a challenge to keep our balance and keep from tumbling off them and onto the uneven pavement. Dressed as geishas and laden down with the heavy layers of a formal kimono, that would not have been a pretty sight. The short trek to the shrine was going to take longer than expected.

Read Becoming a Geisha: A Japanese Makeover in Pink Pangea, December 31, 2014.


  1. what a fun experience, it’s really amazing how you can change character once you are in disguise and have no-one that can detect you
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  2. What a fun time, and loved the article too.
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  3. What a fun experience. You look great. Can you imagine what it would be like to get made up this way everyday? And that would just be the preparation for your day – after that serving and entertaining. This post reminded me of a book I read years ago “Memoirs of a Geisha”.

  4. What an interesting experience that must have been!

  5. There’s nothing like donning the clothing of another country to give you a glimpse into the culture. The traditional formality and sheer time and effort involved in wearing this traditional outfit is daunting!
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  6. Wow! That is so cool! I had to look closely at the picture and would have never known it was you had I not read the caption.
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