This is a five-minute English-subtitled introduction to the life of a maiko (apprentice geisha) named Fukunae, who lives and works in Kyoto. 

I found this little video refreshing and uplifting: as it’s made by a Japanese-international tourism agency in Kyoto, it treats Fukunae like a real, normal person pursuing her dream instead of the hokey “mystical mystery of mysterious Japan” angle you sometimes get with Western-made documentaries about geisha. 

“If you decide you want to become something, you have to take the plunge and go straight for it.”