Geisha literally means artist or performing artist. They are professional who perform at the teahouses to entertain the customers. In Kyoto, where I first saw them in Gion area, they are called Geiko and the apprentice is called Maiko. You can start seeing them on the street of Gion making their way to the various teahouses there at around 5pm. Hanami-koji-dori seems to be one of the best locations in Gion to see them. Nowadays, geisha has become a tourist attraction. Once they are on the street, you can see people flock to catch a glimpse of them and to photograph them. They wear thick wooden sandals that from the look of it may not be very stable, hence it’s important to respect them by not disturbing or blocking their way when they are walking.
The culture of geisha is fascinating. The different colours of their kimonos, the ornaments on their hair, etc., all have certain meanings which I hope I can learn more about them one day. Another trip to Japan may happen again this year.
All photos shot on Fuji X-T1 and Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 lens.