Teahouse were primarily designed to serve tea and Dango/Rice cake to people who visited a holy place – Shrine. Later came more activities and it also offered sake/rice wine along with light entertainment. Female hostesses played shamisen – stringed instruments. Traditional dance drama/Kabuki were only the beginning of the male actors. It is said that this was the beginning of how a Maiko/Geisha apprentice originated.
As an apprentice Geisha, Maiko called which actually means, loosely translated dancing children, may learn a traditional song and dance, to play the shamisen, conversation and poetry, also arranging flowers /Ikebana, a great art in itself. They learn also, by following an older Geisha in the work, the art of selecting a beautiful kimono and wear it up and everything to do with the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. The training to become a Geisha takes three years.
At the beginning of her career so she always wear heavy white makeup. An elderly Maiko usually help because it is pretty hard to do it yourself. Take time to learn. When the white foundation is on then left unpainted two points in the neck to give the illusion that they wear a mask. For special occasions, like when a Maiko debuts, or when a Maiko Geisha will then leave it unpainted three points. The eyebrows are painted black with a hint of red and then painted the outline of the eyes in red and black. The red eye-makeup reduces a bit of, as of the date of becoming a Geisha.
Last, painted lips, the middle of the lower lip and painted during the first year of training as a Maiko left upper lip unpainted. After his first year as also painted the upper lip of the half and then third and last year painted lips completely. This to see what rank and age have a Maiko. Maiko is usually that which is most photographed by tourists because she is more colorful than a Geisha.