Geisha at Kyoto Temple

14 images Created 18 Feb 2013

While visiting Kyoto on a bike, I stopped to visit the Heian Shrine, one of the main Shintoist temples in Kyoto.

As I walked the huge esplanade leading to the shrine building, I saw a geisha walking towards the entrance with those short steps her tight kimono imposed on her legs. She was accompanied by a woman dressed conventionally.

They first entered the shrine and then went to the wonderful temple garden. I asked if I could take some pictures of such a seclusive person and they allowed me to do so with the typical Japanese politeness.

Her kimono, makeup and hair style meant that she was actually a maiko, a geisha apprentice. She never looked into the camera, and all her moves were extremely smooth as she didn't want to disturb the air around her.
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