Through the Sandbox Lens #11 – A Maiko in Kyoto

Posted by on Aug 16, 2010 in Japan, Through the Sandbox Lens, Uncategorized | 8 comments

On my last day in Kyoto I was doing some wandering in the Gion District. Coming out of a shop I was taken totally by surprise. This beautiful maiko (training to be a geiko) was standing on the street. She had been stopped by a small child who was totally fascinated with her beautiful kimono and make-up. I managed to snap this just as she started to move towards the tea house she entered moments later.

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Geiko in Kyoto

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  1. love this – gorgeous photo!

  2. Love it, Nancy! Gorgeous moment, you capture her movement and mood there. I tried to spot some Maiko when we were in Kyoto years ago. I forget in Pontocho or Gion district. But there was none of them.

  3. Hi Dina, It really is a matter of luck. I also went on a walking tour and saw another on her way to work. I haven't posted that shot yet. I was definitely at the right place at the right time!

  4. I know nothing of Japanese culture…what is a maiko, and what is a geiko? I recognize te makeup and costume from photos, but I have no idea what their role is.

    • A maiko is a geiko in training. What I learned when I was in Japan is that the girls can enter “Maiko School” at the age of 16. Apparently, there is no age limit. They live in dormitories in Kyoto and go to school to learn things like the tea ceremony, dancing, playing an instrument.

  5. gorgeous!

  6. I freaking love Kyoto. Are you there now!

    • Devin, I wish I was. I was there this summer. Loved every moment.


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