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Hello and Geisha Pictures!
by CAB (stratamander)
at July 29th, 2010 (07:46 pm)

current mood: accomplished

Hello everybody! I'm Stratamander and I come bearing Geisha pictures that I took back in 2006 when I lived in Japan. Me and my buddy, our dearest mod comtesse_de_lis, were taking a tour of southwestern Japan and part of that involved hitting up Nara and Kyoto because what kimono loving person would pass up on the opportunity to stalk some Geisha and Maikos?

^_~ I tease of course.

So to make along story short, we got on the bus that was heading to Gion and tried valiantly to not to get our hopes up. Having lived in Japan for just about three years at that point we weren't expecting much. (Okay so Comtesse wasn't expecting much but I was POSITIVE we were going to find some Geisha. Call it intuition.) We got off at the Gion stop that was right next to a huge temple and a starbucks and asked ourselves...If I were a Geisha where would I be?

We both agreed that a fully dressed Geisha would not be hanging out at the local starbucks getting a caramel macchiato so we wandered into the neighborhood behind starbucks and lo and behold, what did we find?

Maiko Jackpot!

Yellow Kyoto Maiko
by *stratamander on deviantART

And another!

Pink Kyoto Maiko
by *stratamander on deviantART

All in all I think we saw about 6 to 8 maiko and geisha in their full official get ups and we also saw what looked to be a couple coming from a dance hall so maybe we stumbled upon them after festival or something like that.

Anyway, I'm Stratamander. I love kimono and photography. I'm in Texas now but I lived in Japan for three years and I'm happy to be here!