Weekly Photo Challenge: Color of Japan’s Geisha

This weeks photos challenge is colour, and what is more colourful than the bright kimonos of the Geisha in Kyoto!?Geisha are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance and games.

Working Geisha in Kyoto, Japan
Working Geisha in Kyoto, Japan

I spotted a few of these beautiful women in Gion, Kyoto‘s most famous geisha district. It is here that the geisha tradition is the strongest in Japan today. I don’t know how they actually perform in these oddly shaped shoes that they wear, they don’t look very comfortable. 

It must take hours to do their elaborate make-up and hair styles!
It must take hours to do their elaborate make-up and hair styles!

A geisha’s appearance changes throughout her career, from the girlish, heavily made-up maiko, to the more sombre appearance of an older established geisha. Different hairstyles and hairpins signify different stages of a young girl’s development and even a detail as minute as the length of one’s eyebrows is significant. I think that you can’t walk pass a geisha and not stop and admire their colourful kimonos and elaborate make-up.

They wear the most beautiful and colourful silk kimonos.
They wear the most beautiful and colourful silk kimonos.
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38 comments

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the beautiful kimono’s. Had a Geisha/Japanese doll I adored when I was young. Saw some older woman dressed traditionally like this some 30 years ago when I visited Japan. Thanks

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  3. I spent 3 years in Japan and have gone back and forth 6 times since. Your photos really capture the essence of the maiko, especially the first one. Nice shots! BTW, thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  4. These pictures are all very beautiful. You may be interested that these girls are not geisha, they’re tourists dressed as Maiko (Maiko are girls training to become Geisha and the two look completely different). It’s a popular tourist activity in these Geisha districts, especially in Kyoto

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