Geiko 芸子 Geisha

Geisha by Vic Briggs

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.

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28 thoughts on “Geiko 芸子 Geisha

  1. 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.

      • 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

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  5. 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.

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