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.