Gion, the Geisha District of Kyoto

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a rickshaw ride in shimbashi kyoto

We also went to Shijo Avenue and Shimbashi in Gion popularly known as the Geisha district of Kyoto. Our intention was to really check out the place in search of "white lady" (just kidding), of course we were looking for charming white-face Geisha, which is also known as geiko and maiko.

Geishas (image source)

But, disappointingly, after spending an enormous amount of time there was no one around. My hope was depleted but anyway it felt comforting just gazing the beautiful old-style wooden Japanese houses called "machiya", an example of traditional Kyoto architecture.


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shirakawa canal in shimbashi
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HB was so determined to see one of them so he went a little further of the Hanamikoji street and voila spotted one! Unfortunately the lady geisha was in a hurry and HB was able to snap a photo of her backside only. haha...

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I only wish we could have stayed longer but our time was so limited and my whole body already forces me to rest. I've heard that most of the geishas are avoiding to be photographed as they are busy to get to their work. For tourists and travelers let us not be rude paparazzi or insensitive gangs invading their privacy. If you wish to see them in person and get engage, there are travel agencies and hotels offering packages with a maiko. Just be sure you have a large stash of cash. ;)

Till next time,

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