Maiko Kimika during her sakkou period - when a maiko is in the last stages before becoming a geisha. Kyoto, Japan. May 10, 2009. Text and photography by watanabe san on Flickr. [thank you...

Maiko Kimika during her sakkou period - when a maiko is in the last stages before becoming a geisha. Kyoto, Japan. May 10, 2009. Text and photography by watanabe san on Flickr. [thank you...

The beauty of a Kimono!

The beauty of a Kimono!

Maiko

Maiko

Sakkou 先笄 #10

Sakkou 先笄 #10

舞妓 maiko まめ藤 mamefuji 祇園甲部 KYOTO JAPAN

舞妓 maiko まめ藤 mamefuji 祇園甲部 KYOTO JAPAN

Out of the thousands of geisha postcards circulated between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a great many depict the "hear, see, speak no evil" theme. While it is certainly a sexist allusion to gossiping and chit-chat, it also happens to go to the core of the geisha mystique. Or so it was back in the 1910s.

Out of the thousands of geisha postcards circulated between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a great many depict the "hear, see, speak no evil" theme. While it is certainly a sexist allusion to gossiping and chit-chat, it also happens to go to the core of the geisha mystique. Or so it was back in the 1910s.

Maiko, Setsubun Festival at Yasaka jinja, Kyoto / 八坂神社の節分祭り 舞妓

Maiko, Setsubun Festival at Yasaka jinja, Kyoto / 八坂神社の節分祭り 舞妓

まめ藤 mamefuji 舞妓 maiko 祇園甲部 KYOTO JAPAN

まめ藤 mamefuji 舞妓 maiko 祇園甲部 KYOTO JAPAN

Maiko (now geiko) Makino of Gion Kobu

Maiko (now geiko) Makino of Gion Kobu

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kimono

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