A Geisha in Gion, Kyoto, Japan

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    If you visit Gion around dusk, you'll see loads of tourists lurking on street corners with cameras, waiting for Geisha to appear. If any are brave enough to walk down the main street, they're immediately set upon by crowds of 'paparazzi', blocking their path and trying to take photographs.
    We took the more subtle approach of walking down a side alley and finding this lady who was kind enough to let us take her picture.

    Shavera, Ryan Hoopes, and 22 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Shavera 95 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photo!

      She is a Geiko! - Or fully fledged Geisha.

      Her name is Kogiku, she is one of my favorites and I hear she is a very friendly Geiko!

    2. Simon Starr 95 months ago | reply

      Thanks :)

      It was sad to see so many tourists rudely jumping in front of the Geisha as they walked down the streets. Kogiku was happy to let us take her picture when I asked her permission.

    3. Royce Okobo [deleted] 94 months ago | reply

      How neat! Kogiku is a pretty geiko, considering her unique face!

    4. Shavera 94 months ago | reply

      She was absolutely adorable as a Maiko too!

      Yeah, I've heard of the tourist groups, me, I'd do as you, stick to the back streets and ask nicely if I could take their photo, or if they were busy, I'd give them a good deal of distance, and definitely no flashes!


    5. ceridwenn 76 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Kokoro no shashin - Creative commons pictures of Japan, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. _qd 68 months ago | reply

      Geiko Kogiku is stunning & I love her kimono.

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