Category: Maiko & Geiko

Tea Ceremony in Kamishichiken

The Japanese Tea Ceremony or “Way of Tea” (Chado or sado, as the ceremony is known) is one of Japan’s best-known traditional cultural practices, and something everyone can and should experience while in Kyoto. Yes, Kyoto is where the tea ceremony was born and remains its spiritual heart. 

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Maiko by night

In winter, it is already the night and dark when the maiko leave their “okiya” (the geisha house where they live) to go to meet their patrons for the evening. I like this opportunity for night photography and all the challenges this implies.

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Misedashi in Miyagawa-Cho

December 14th was the day of Maiko Kimimoe Misedashi in the Miyagawa-Cho Hanamachi or Geisha District. The “Misedashi” ceremony is the official debut of a girl as a Maiko (apprentice geisha).

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Before the “Erikae”

I was quite lucky to be able to capture this photo of Maiko Koume wearing the Sakkô hairstyle and a formal black kimono. Together, these are signs that she’s about to become a Geiko.  

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Heavy rain over the Hanamachi

We have just spent a couple of days with a typhoon and therefore a lot of rain. This remained me of a photo I recently captured of Maiko Kikusana protecting herself from the rain with a traditional Japanese Wagasa umbrella in one of Kyoto Hanamachi or Geisha District. 

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Hassaku in Gion

The first of August is a very special day in Kyoto’s various Geisha Districts, and especially so in Gion. Named after a term that designates the first day of the eighth month of the ancient Japanese calendar, Gion’s Hassaku is a special opportunity to see many of the “Geiko” and “Maiko” from Japan’s most renowned “Hanamachi” or geisha district wearing their most beautiful attire.

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Katsuyama Hairstyle for Gion Matsuri

A lot of specific details related to the Gion Matsuri can be seen all around Kyoto during the month of July.  One of these is the way every senior maiko styles her hair in the Katsuyama hairstyle during the time of the festival.

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Photoshoot with Maiko Fukuharu

One of the advantages of the photoshoot organized on a small scale by smaller company or individuals is the small number of photographers. With only a few fellow photographers around, everyone has a chance to direct the model and compose and create his or her image.

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Aisatsu Mawari in Miyagawa-Cho

One of the things that make Kyoto so diverse, so interesting and so easy to discover is the way so many events take place without surprise, at a given date, a given time at a specific place, a famous temple or an unknown shrine, because this is the way it’s been for a very long time.

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