Maiko are considered one of the great sights of Japanese tourism, and look very different from fully qualified geisha. They are at the peak of traditional Japanese femininity. The scarlet-fringed collar of a maiko's kimono hangs very loosely in the back to accentuate the nape of the neck, which is considered a primary erotic area in Japanese sexuality. She wears the same white makeup for her face on her nape, leaving two or sometimes three stripes of bare skin exposed. Her kimono is bright and colourful with an elaborately tied obi hanging down to her ankles. She takes very small steps and wears traditional wooden shoes called okobo which stand nearly ten centimeters high.  There are five different hairstyles that a maiko wears, that mark the different stages of her apprenticeship. The " Nihongami " hairstyle with "kanzashi" hair-ornamentation strips is most closely associated with maiko,  who spend hours each week at the hairdresser and sleep on holed-pillows to preserve the elaborate styling.  Maiko can develop a bald spot on their crown caused by rubbing from Kanzashi strips and tugging in hairdressing.
She then wrote a memoir , East Wind Melts the Ice: A Memoir through the Seasons , published in 2007. In the book, she follows the a system of time derived in ancient China in which a year is divided into 72 five-day periods. She claims the concept has affected her sense of time. The memoir consists of 72 vignettes , with lower case titles, such as "chrysanthemums are tinged yellow". According to The New York Times Book Review , Dalby sees herself as eccentric, reflected in her writing, where she presents unusual yet interesting material. In the book, she weaves together experiences from Japan, China and northern California, and "presents a wealth of information".  Dalby received praise from Booklist for the manner in which she uses stream-of-consciousness to create a work in which the eastern concept of time is contrasted with the western; her ability to see with an anthropologist's eye and yet to bring an imaginative and creative view to this work; and in particular to bring together the various places she has lived, from Kyoto, where she was the first western woman to become a geisha in the 1970s, to northern California where she currently lives. 
Soon after their formation, the band was signed by EMI and in April 1985 released their first single "Fool's Way". Bouyed by airplay of this and by their success on the Melbourne live circuit, two further singles followed in that same year with the releases of "Rainy Day" in July and "Kabuki" in September, the latter reaching number 1 on the Melbourne Charts towards the end of that same year. As well as the three singles, their first album (simply entitled "Geisha") was also released by EMI in 1985.