My Best Shot: Kyoto, Japan

EVERYONE wants to see a Geiko when they go to the Gion district in Kyoto for the first time. Our tour guide was explaining that it’d be unlikely we’d see any because they work at night. But then, one stepped out from a teahouse.

We all turned.

She was dressed in her kimono with the full white face, red bow lips and set against the traditional wooden teahouse, it was a great picture. She gave us about a minute to take photos before she stepped back while she waited for a taxi.

I like this shot, because it’s an unguarded moment where she thinks she’s hidden. This turns it into a portrait of a shy young woman instead of a photo of geisha.

About Chalkmarks
Author Natalie Chalk

Natalie Chalk is a journalist and travel writer who has worked on the news desks of the MailOnline and the Daily Express. She has recently written about learning to burlesque in Czechia, surf in Norway and wander the medieval streets of Malta for which she was nominated for the Malta Tourism Award 2014. She’s written for all the UK’s national newspapers with travel features appearing in the Guardian, TNT Magazine and Express Newspapers. She has lived in Peru, Nigeria and Portugal and earlier this year she returned to London after travelling the world for 14 months, visiting 39 cities. In 2017, was named Top 10 UK Travel Bloggers.

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