If a Japanese girl is not from Kyoto (or Tokyo), how does she find a geisha house?
Without being formally invited in that is. I have heard that the world of geisha is very exclusive and rigorous, and one may not enter a tea house without being invited, especially in the case of attending a geisha tea party. Yet I saw a documentary of a Japanese girl from the countryside with no connections to the geisha world or houses who was able to find one in Kyoto and train to be a maiko. How was she able to find a geisha house? I know they are more accepting of girls outside of Kyoto or Tokyo because of the decline in maiko and geiko, but I want to know how she might have went about entering a tea house to inquire about training to become a maiko and eventually become a geiko (geisha).
Some of the houses have websites now, and I know the Kamishichiken had been doing some kind of internet campaign looking for new maiko. It might also be possible for a girl on a trip to Kyoto or Tokyo to visit the kenban of a district and make inquiries.
Heaven 17 – Geisha Boys and Temple Girls – Live Coventry Godiva Festival 2011