The image of a Geiko on a sunlit February afternoon in Kyoto, Japan during a photo shoot.
Geiko is the Kyoto dialect for geisha, and although there are geisha in several cities across Japan, the country’s former capital maintains its place of prominence amongst those who wish to experience the entertaining powers of a traditional Japanese hostess. Versed in the art of conversation, dance and music the geisha is the embodiment of 17th century charm and manners in a country with an otherwise futuristic edge.
I was lucky to capture this image, stolen from under the nose of a professional photographer who was busy rearranging their equipment while the young woman tempered the unusually bright winter light with her parasol. Luckier still since the geisha are both fond of their privacy and rather camera shy. They will flee from the curious gaze of onlookers quicker than it takes to say “flash” so that all the intruders are left to glimpse is the back of a kimono disappearing around the twist of an alley. Or so I am told.
Very interesting information. I forwarded your post to a friend who will be travelling to japan later this month.
I am sure they will have a wonderful time. Japan remains the most unusual of places to visit. Thank you for sharing.
I’ve read extensively on the geisha culture in Japan. Had an ex girlfriend who was from Japan, and she taught me a lot as well. What a beautiful photo, Vic.
Thank you. Have you written about it on your blog at all? I don’t recall seeing a piece on geisha culture, but would love to read it if you have (whether verse or prose).
I plan to in the summer sometime. I’m focused on other topics for the time being. Keep an eye out for it.
Will do. Thank you for letting me know.
That’s a real nice shot
Many thanks. It was more luck than anything else, but I was very glad I was in the right place at the right time.
Thank you. I trust all is well?
Been having a horrible case of writer’s block these days. But I’m slowly easing back. 🙂 Have you been well, my friend?
I know how that feels. I’ve been away for a few weeks and it is tough to get back into writing now that I am back. Will take it one page at a time and hopefully will overcome it. It sounds like we are going through a similar experience with this. Let me know how you get on and if there is anything I can do to help. x
I think this photo captures everything about “Geisha Girls”. An ancient culture in today’s world.
Thank you. They are indeed a wonder of the past and their secrets are just as well guarded today as they were once upon a time.
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My daughter bought back a photo from Kyoto when she was on a school trip of two Geishas on a stair.
Upon reading “Memoirs of a Geisha” I am even more intrigued by them.
Beautiful people. – Beautiful capture dear!
Oh, thank you. I have a few more and was considering posting them as well. This is my favourite however, hence why I decided to share it first.
You have a great eye there dear Ma’am vic 😀
I see you have been keeping nice and busy! 😉
I have, although it did mean stepping back for a while. I suppose sometimes you have to experience life in order to have something to write about 😉
I can absolutely relate to that hey! A two way street to be sure 😉
Nice take! 🙂
As for me, this theme was a bit of a challenge, but you’re welcome to come and see my take on the matter. 🙂
Thank you. Will do. All the best,
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