We are back in Kyoto after our week-long stay in Tokyo. During our first day in Kyoto – we didn’t have enough time to go around and see all the sites. The House of Queens just realized we can’t leave Japan without a sighting of the traditional houses that Kyoto is known for. However, we also wanted to see if we can spot a Geisha.
We got off the Gion bus station. Within five minutes of walking we did spot a Geisha or a Maiko. I fumbled through my camera to get it to turn on. She was crossing the street and as I got my shot, a car passed by between us.
Believe me. There’s a Geisha behind that car.
So I learned my lesson. If I had any chance of taking a photo of the elusive Geisha, I would have to treat this like a Safari shoot. I need to have my camera on stand-by. We did find the traditional district of Gion and we were amazed at the old houses. We decided to have dinner in one of the restaurants. Still – there were no sightings of a Geisha. We did get a good shot of a couple of ladies in Kimono. If we were not looking for a Geisha, we would have been ecstatic over the shot of these ladies walking side by side with this tourist couple.
The camera was still on stand-by. Ready to shoot a picture. Then, while we were not expecting it, another Geisha was approaching us. My camera was ready and this time, I got a good shot of a Geisha (or maybe she’s a Maiko) as she walked along Hanami-Koji.
As soon as she got spotted, she quickly “glided” into the entrance of this house and disappeared.