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Maiko in Kyoto

July 17th, 2014 by Jeff Aasgaard

My family and I decided to head to Kyoto this past Saturday. My kids are now old enough to appreciate the beauty of this ancient city and the weather was to be clear and not too hot.

I always make it a habit to look down small alleyways and to pay attention to all the small details while sightseeing. I call this “sightseeing with your eyes open” and it is amazing what you can see when you pay attention.

This day I was truly lucky. I was taking a photo of a traditional ally off of Hanamikoji Street in Kyoto when to my surprise a Maiko (geisha in training) appeared out of a house. She was alone for a few steps before being joined by a young girl who would accompany her to her appointment. The best part is that she was not surrounded by many tourists and the alleyway make a nice background. I only wished that I was a better photographer but still I got a few nice photos and a great memory.

Maiko in Kyoto

Maiko departing for an appointment

Hanamikoji Street is known for Geisha and Maiko sightings so many photographers and sightseers hang out to try their luck to see a real geisha. I have seen geisha many times and even sat across from one when I was at a party at Ikumatsu Ryokan but this did not prepare me for my luck on this day.

Maiko in Kyoto

Maiko in Kyoto

Maiko in Kyoto

Maiko in Kyoto

Maiko in Kyoto

Maiko in Kyoto

When traveling in Japan please keep your eyes open and your camera ready as you never know what will appear before you.

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