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A smile from the maiko (apprentice geisha) Ayano (centre), with Ichiwaka (left) and Ayakazu (right) after performing a dedicatory dance at Heian Shrine, Kyoto, Japan.
Kyoto was the capital of Japan from 794 until 1868. It is now the seventh largest city in Japan. In Kyoto geisha are known as geiko and trainee geisha are known as maiko.