Glamourous Geisha in Gion

The weekend was the busiest time in Kyoto with the predicted full blooming of sakuras all around Kyoto. By some fluke of planning, we arrived in Kyoto the Friday before and made our way to Gion to view the lovely cherry blossoms. As further luck would have it, the geishas (actually they are maikos – i remember the difference from having read ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’) were having a day out themselves viewing the blossoms in the sun. They were kind enough to stand around while tourists gawked at their beautifully made up faces, hair and costumes, and this pair below also asked passers-by to take photos of them with the blossoms.

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