Becoming a geisha

This is a BBC documentary which follows 15-year-old Yukina as she leaves her home and family in Northern Japan to follow her dream of becoming a Gion geiko (her new name: Kikuyu). it covers her shikomi and minarai period, up to her misedashi. It was part of the BBC's 'Coming of Age' series.

I'm thrilled someone uploaded this, as it the first footage I ever saw of geisha, and so has a special place in my heart. It's a lovely documentary, with lots of interviews with everyone involved, both Yukina's family and her new geisha family, and following Yukina everywhere, including her misedashi. The BBC, bless them, are better than most at getting their facts straight.

Sadly they've disabled embedding, so I can't post them here, but you can go and watch them on YouTube.