My Best Shot: Kyoto, Japan
Chalkmarks 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.

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