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Memoires of a Tourist

Although real geiko and maiko are difficult to find in Kyoto, always dodging and ducking into tea houses and dark alley ways, these tourists replicas are always easy to spot. For between 12,000 and 30,000 yen you can dress up like this and fool all the foreigners at famous shrines and temples. Anyway, here at Kiyomizu-dera I saw some young ladies dressed in wonderful costumes. I just found it ironic that these maiko would be carrying digital cameras. That is indeed the contrast that typifies Japanese culture.


Kiyomizu-dera. Higashiyama, Kyoto.

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Taken on March 27, 2007