Saturday, August 25, 2007

Ketai Culture: Kyoto

Ketai Culture: Kyoto, originally uploaded by mboogiedown.

"The mix of old and new, modern and traditional: Kyoto, Japan.

Maiko (apprentice geiko) from the Gion Higashi district heading for the torii, or sacred gate, of Yasaka Shrine.

Ketai is the Japanese word for mobile/ cell phone, which is being used here to take pictures of the maiko. The juxtaposition of ancient tradition and modern sensibilities is part of what makes Japan so interesting."

Friday, August 24, 2007


Geisha-, originally uploaded by Candy Bui.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

T.F. Simon, The artist's wife, Vilma

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Maiko, Kyoto, Japan

Maiko, Kyoto, Japan, originally uploaded by davegolden.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Maiko in Gion

Maiko in Gion, originally uploaded by Champuru.

"Kyoto, Japan (2003)

It's very difficult to capture a decent photo of geiko/maiko in Gion. There are so many tourists and photographers that line the streets waiting for the perfect photo op. When a geisha comes walking down the alley, she's often walking at top speed and you need to be quick to get a good shot. As you can see, I'm neither quick nor talented enough."

Geisha on Pontocho

Geisha on Pontocho, originally uploaded by Chocopups.

Sunday, August 19, 2007


Geisha, originally uploaded by Michael-C.

"Geisha are traditional, female Japanese entertainers, whose skills include performing various Japanese arts, such as music, singing, and dancing. They also engage their clients with light conversation.

This is a full fledged Geisha as she is wearing flat-soled sandals called "zori" instead of special wooden clogs known as "okobo" that is worn by an apprentice Geisha.

Source: Wikipedia"