Graceful Motion


In spite of near typhoon conditions, the maiko of Gion continue to move with more grace than most people shall ever have.
In spite of near typhoon conditions, the maiko of Gion continue to move with more grace than most people shall ever have.

The rain ceaselessly continued into my first night in Kyoto. Not even the rain cover for my camera would be enough to keep it dry. I wandered under the covered markets of Nashiki and Teramachi trying to keep dry, but my feet drew me towards Gion. After stopping in a quaint shop to purchase a small umbrella, I slogged through the puddles and crowds to Hanami-kōji, the main drag of the geisha district. I managed to find a small awning that kept me at least partially out of the downpour. Still, despite the treacherous conditions, every so often the luminous white form of a maiko, an apprentice geisha, would surreally float by me.  Simply holding a paper parasol above her head, and moving as smoothly and gracefully as if nothing whatsoever was out out of the ordinary.

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2 thoughts on “Graceful Motion

  1. Wow, she is very pretty. I wish I could’ve seen her in person. I didn’t realize that geishas were still around or that they were in Korea. This makes me want to do more research on them.

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