What is a Furisode-san?
A Furisode-san is an imitation Tokyo geisha. They dress like Tokyo apprentice geisha and they have 3-6 months dance training.They must retire at age 25. From what I understand they are like kimono clad hostesses. You will only find them in Japan.
What is a kimono-san?
A Kimono-san is similar to a Furisode-san in that she wears kimono (not necessarily a Furisode). She is a geisha-like person, who is paid to entertain in kimono at parties with games, music, dance, story telling, tarot readings, or conversation. She makes her clients feel like they have done no wrong, can do no wrong, and will never do any wrong.
Can I join your okiya? (geisha house)
My okiya is currently just this web site, not a Japanese house in St.Louis as someone once thought. You don't need to live near St.Louis, MO to be a kimono-san, however, if you live near St.Louis I would love to work with you.
How do I start my own okiya?
As for starting your own okiya all that is required is....
What skills must I have?
A lot of people when they want to become a kimono-san list things like cooking, sewing, paintng and jewelry making as their skills. Yes, these are legitimate forms of art, but not something a Kimono-san or a geisha would consider as part of her arts. A kimono-san's arts consists of one or all of the below ...
What is the age range?
16-untill you choose to quit.
Is being a kimono-san a full-time job?
Not at present.
What items do I need? Can they be homemade?
They can be homemade but they must be up to standards. I would be happy to inspect them for you on request. To get an idea for what you need take a look at the kimono sets at Yamatoku.
Where do I have to live?
If you have a Japanese restaurant or garden in your area you should be fine.
Do I have to be Japanese/have black hair?
You don't need to be Japanese.