Maiko in Kyoto – Geisha in training
A Maiko is an apprentice Geisha, who undergoes five years of training in the arts before they are considered Geisha. Geishas are still seen with frequency walking the small streets of Kyoto to their next performance. Usually you can tell the difference between Maiko and Geisha by the younger age of the Maiko and the size of their obi. There are other differences that are explained in detail here.
On this day, these three Maiko came strolling into the Heian Shrine. They were inundated by tourists armed with DSLR’s, P&S’s and camera phones. It was quite a commotion. They simply maintained their composure, posed for a few photos and kept on walking.
Photos taken with a Nikon D300s and AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII zoom lens.