Kyoto’s Geisha are one of the major tourist attractions in Kyoto, Japan. Welcome to week 236 (07/09/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. When I was in Kyoto a few years ago I quickly learned that Geisha watching is a favorite past-time. It’s almost like a game..’Spot the Geisha’, and there is always lots excitement when there is a sighting. I saw two beautifully made up geisha when I was there, and managed a couple of photos that I want to share with you today.
In Kyoto you may also here the Geisha referred to as Geiko. This is a term used in Western Japan, including Kyoto. The Geisha/Geiko in my photos look quite young. Although looks can be deceiving with all that makeup, if they are as young as they look, they could be Maiko. Maiko is an apprentice Geisha, and must be under 21. Any woman over 21 is automatically considered a Geisha/Geiko once initiated into the Geisha community. Regardless, if you want to enter the ranks, you must train for a year. You can find out more about them here.
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This young Geisha was moving quickly. I have no idea who the woman was behind her, but it looks like they’re together. Maybe the bundle the girl is carrying belongs to the Geisha, or maybe not… 🙂
When she slowed down I was able to get a better shot. I love her yellow obi. I cannot imagine walking in those sandals, called okobo.
This is my favorite… I love the color coordination, and she had a very friendly demeanor. She actually stopped and waited while we took photos, which was so nice.
You’ll find Kyoto’s Geisha primarily in the Gion district. Seeing them walking on the street is pure luck. I think these shots were all taken in the early afternoon. If you’re interested in learning more about their clothing and accessories, this is a good site.
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