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Two Japans: Kyoto

Two Japan's : The modern and the Traditional- side by side.

 

This group of tourists had been waiting for the female members of the group to finish their "Maiko henshin" (Maiko transformation, where tourists pay to dress up as maiko and get their picture taken) down the street. As they walked past this young maiko, paying her respects to an older woman at an ochaya, they were so suprised they broke into a chorus of "Are? Honomo da?" (What?! Its a real one!) "Suge-!" (Awesome! Cool! Amazing)

 

I think it is this juxtoposition of ancient, traditional culture, and ultra-modernity that makes Japan so fascinating.

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Taken on February 24, 2007