Xenography


Geisha Girl

Geisha Girl

Gion District
Kyoto, Japan

The dictionary has this to say for the word Geisha: A Japanese hostess trained to entertain men with conversation, dance, and song. The historic Gion District in Kyoto is considered to be the birthplace of Geisha culture. I wanted to get a picture and our tour guide has told me a couple of spots where I could stand to maximize my chances of seeing one. I waited and waited and as darkness just began to fall, I finally saw her. She moved swiftly, gracefully and purposefully down the street making only the briefest eye contact. I took as many pictures as I could in the 5-10 seconds I saw her as she disappeared around the corner of the street. I was the only other person on the street at that time and I felt intrusive and paparazzi-like. After a while more Geishas came out of a building that was like their training academy but by now there were cars and several more tourists and cameras and it somehow felt different.

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