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Origami Maiko (Yoo Tae Yong)

""A maiko (舞妓) is an apprentice geisha in Kyoto and Western Japan. Their jobs consist of performing songs, dances, and playing the shamisen or other traditional Japanese instruments for visitors during ozashiki.

Maiko are usually aged 15 to 20 years old and become geiko after learning how to dance the traditional dances, play the shamisen, and learning Kyō-kotoba (dialect of Kyoto), regardless of their origins.


During their career a maiko will wear different kinds of nihongami (Japanese traditional hairstyles) depending on rank, formality and occasion. They decorate their hairstyles with seasonal kanzashi (traditional hair ornaments).

Maiko, unlike geiko, use their own hair and not wigs. They go to the nihongami hairdresser once a week, meaning that they have to sleep on a takamakura (wooden block with a pillow) in order to maintain it.""

Info - WiKi


I had to search long for the right piece of paper to fold this origami Maiko, as it is folded from one piece of paper (15x15cm) and I didn't want a pattern in her face.

Final size about 10cm.


Model: Origami Maiko

Design: Yoo Tae Yong

Diagrams in Czech Origami Society Collection Book 2015

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Taken on March 9, 2020