The quintessential Japanese icon, Kyoto's Geisha—called Geiko in this city—represent a pinnacle of beauty and accomplishment. Meticulously trained in the arts of music, dance, floral design and conversation, the enigmatic Geiko, and Maiko—a Geiko in training—are highly skilled in the art of the tea ceremony, an essential experience when visiting Kyoto, Japan's cultural capital. The subtle art of the Japanese tea ceremony can be enjoyed as a relatively short, less formal ritual or as an elaborate full-scale affair, involving a meal and matcha green tea. This 800-year-old ceremony marries perfect mastery with the understated beauty so prized in Japan.

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