Maikos are a treasured symbol of historic Japan. Maiko is a term for a lady who is studying to be an entertainer, fully trained in traditional Japanese arts. It takes many years to learn all the traditions and practices that have become time-honoured and admired by citizens of Japan and to visitors who meet them.
Maikoya Osaka is perhaps the only place in Japan where visitors can have a chance to talk to a Maiko in training and also take a picture with her, anytime throughout the year. Many maikos have found a calling to demonstrate their traditional arts to tourists and visitors. Maikoya Osaka hosts a number of these professionals who are waiting to entertain and teach you and your family!
The traditional value that Maikos exemplify is respect. In particular, respect for the guests and respect for the arts. Aesthetics have always been an important aspect of Japanese culture and Maikos consider this in all of their practices and rituals. These stem from as far back as the mid-17th century, as elite Japanese tea houses trained young men and women to serve a particular type of tea only found in Japan. Soon, they began to entertain guests with other traditional arts such as flower arranging or playing traditional instruments like the shamisen and koto. These entertainers, who have always been deeply respected, are called Maiko. When these ladies complete their training and are considered professionals, they are given the label of Geiko.
Throughout the centuries, the Maiko Traditions have become refined, elaborate and sometimes complex. Maikoya Osaka was established to teach the whole world the skills practiced by the Maiko. We hold cultural classes in English, where you can learn many traditional Japanese arts such as origami paper folding, shodo calligraphy and furoshiki cloth wrapping. Different types of cooking classes are also available so you can experience Japanese culture with all of your senses. A range of cultural ceremonies are held at Maikoya Osaka, with English explanations provided throughout the established rituals and tasks performed. The most requested with locals and tourists alike is the traditional tea ceremony. Make a reservation today to taste the famous Japanese matcha tea and traditional sweets, hosted by a maiko who is eager to answer any questions you may have!
Experience so many cultural activities in one convenient location! Don’t miss out on a chance to meet such a refined symbol of Japanese culture! Make Maikoya Osaka a part of your Osaka visit today!