I'm Akka. I've been a fan of anything karyukai-related for years, and have been lurking here for almost as long.
My first glimpse of the flower & willow world was when I read Memoirs of a Geisha around 2006. I soon learned that MoaG is heavily fictional.
My favourite now-retired geiko is Suzuha. My current favourite maiko are Mamekiku, Mamesumi & Katsune. My current favourite geiko are Miehina & Umeha. Umeha debuted as a tachikata geiko! Wow, skills. I think it's cute how Miehina's okaasan is her actual okaasan. Harutomi is a true family business.
I spend a lot of time on reddit, and the geisha subreddit is my baby. I've been posting gei-maiko related links on there for a while now.