Day in the life of young maiko. Maiko are apprentice geishas, the literal translation is ‘dance child’. Historically maiko began their training as young as 3, today most enter maiko life at age 18. Though in Kyoto, the center of geisha culture, girls may began apprenticeships at age 15. Maiko take on the role of little sister to their geisha mentor, diligently studying the art of classical dance and music.