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Kyoto part 2 : Gion

July 14, 2009
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Ochaya, geiko (don’t say geisha in Kyoto…), maiko (apprentice geiko), dormitories, host mothers, beauty parlors, closed doors and performing arts above all.561These are the names of the people who gave money for preserving Gion, you know what to do if you want to be there…562564565This is the shinto shrine for the performing arts, where maiko and geiko come to pray.567An ochaya (teahouse) as the plaque on the right says. You can’t go in an ochaya without someone recommending you. And privacy is the word in there.568A geiko trying to avoid the stupid foreign tourists and their stupid cameras… she wears a wig, whereas maiko wear their own hair.569Look at her obi : tied up in a box shape, typical of geikos.570The names of the maiko and geiko of this dormitory are visible on the door.571And here is a maiko, with her flowing obi and platform shoes. They start at 15 nowadays, and they have to be very dedicated, since they won’t earn money for the next 4 years or so, the lenghth of their apprenticeship.572There is only one shop that makes these rice balls, and they are Christmas presents for the maiko.574The high-class ochaya in the neighborhood.578

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Tsubame permalink
    July 15, 2009 09:40

    I understand why you want to spend more time in Kyoto when you go to Japan next year !

  2. July 15, 2009 19:11

    See ๐Ÿ˜€ ?
    Next year, well, yes, I’ll do my best ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. July 19, 2009 06:38

    Would they decapitate me if I call them geisha? ๐Ÿ˜›

    Photo #562 with a river and trees is just wonderful ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. July 19, 2009 09:31

    Haha who knows, maybe these dancing lessons aren’t what they seem…

    But they’ll just probably despise you very politely.

    Yes, it’s my favorite too ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. ohiokimono permalink
    August 16, 2009 21:38

    Outstanding pictures, thank you for sharing.

  6. August 16, 2009 22:20

    You’re very welcome, glad you liked them.

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