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Maiko ("dancing child") are apprentices to geisha, whose job it is to entertain (sing, dance and converse) at ozashiki. The term maiko is only used to define apprentice geisha in the Kansai area of Japan. Other areas use the terms oshaku ("one who pours drinks") or hangyoku ("half-jewel").

Maiko are usually from the age of 15 to 21 years; after that - when they are supposed to have mastered their arts well enough - they can become geiko. A maiko’s appearance is that of a child, which explains the elaborate use of red makeup (which gradually is lessened as she grows older) and the shoulder tucks, dangling obi and long sleeves of her kimono.
A maiko’s makeup changes during the five (or less) years of her apprenticeship: when she start, she only paints her bottom lip red, which gives her a baby-like appearance, while at the same time results in making her mouth look smaller - which was thought to be aesthetically pleasing. As a maiko grows older, she may paint both her lips fuller and use black eyeliner.

Junior maiko wear their hair in the wareshinobu style. Senior maiko wear the ofuku hairstyle, though some other styles may be seen worn too - depending on the occasion. In their hair, maiko wear various hair ornaments, which change every month. A very young maiko wears ornaments that are made of many small flowers, whereas an older maiko may wear ornaments that consist of one big flower. These changes in appearance result in the maiko gradually looking more like an adult.
"In my early years as a maiko, I was allowed to wear colorful kimono and hair ornaments," Komomo says. "But as the years go by we are expected to gradually switch to more simple, sedately colored ones."
by Shinsetsu Kumiko September 15, 2011
 
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Geisha are female entertainers. The meaning of gei is "art" and sha means "person of". Geiko is a Kyoto term for Geisha that means more of a "specialist of the arts". Maiko are young geisha ranging in age from 15 to 20 or 21 years old. Mai means “dance”, and and ko is “specialist of” dance.

I am a maiko, a student who learns the art of the geisha.
I am seventeen-years-old, my name is Mitsuko but all call me Mitsu.
by Mitsuko T. April 10, 2007
 
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A combination of Zuko and Mai from Avatar:The Last airbender.

Although in the show, they were together, we have yet to find out what happens after he left Mai and the fire nation to join the Avatar.
Maiko WAS totally canon. But I'm not sure, maybe the Zutara fanon will come true!
by Lilqueeny January 12, 2008
 
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Maiko literally means 'dancer'. A maiko is an apprentice geiko (geisha). Maiko exist in Kyoto only. Maiko have an older sister, bound to them. They call their older sisters onesan. The word maiko is pronounced: (my-koh)
I am a geiko of Gion Kobu, but last year I was still a maiko.
by Mimosa 'Mineko Iwasaki' January 18, 2007
 
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One of the canon ships from the Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. It is a combination of Mai and Zuko.
Maiko is canon, which makes it more awesome than Zutara!
by Ianto Jones August 03, 2010
 
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Maiko literally means 'dancer'. A maiko is an apprentice geiko (geisha). Maiko exist in Kyoto only. Maiko have an older sister, bound to them. They call their older sisters onesan. The word maiko is pronouced: (my-koh)
I am a geiko of Gion Kobu, but last year I was still a maiko.
by Mimosa 'Mineko Iwasaki' January 09, 2007
 
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Maiko literally means 'dancer'. A maiko is an apprentice geiko (geisha). Maiko exist in Kyoto only. Maiko have an older sister, bound to them. They call their older sisters onesan. The word maiko is pronounced: (my-koh)
I am a geiko of Gion Kobu, but last year I was still a maiko.
by Mimosa 'Mineko Iwasaki' January 11, 2007