a Last Shot by photographer ta_ta999.
Every detail is beautiful and touched with melancholy. Her fuji (wisteria) colored kimono with the auspicious crane - a symbol of longevity - in the details of her obiage… her kago bag is patterned with fuji blossoms and covered in so many omamori (lucky charms). Sakura, the symbol of life’s ephemeral beauty, weep softly over her wistful face. The outside world continues turning behind her.
It was true after all, she is indeed retiring. You can see candid shots of her at the Hôgoku Matsuri closing the Miyako Odori today, May 1st, here. She entered the karyûkai on her birthday, Dec 1, 2013; with her charming beauty, artistic grace, and sensual, dynamic personality she quickly became the crown jewel of Kyôto’s maiko… She will be remembered for a long time.
I don’t want to pry into her life about the reasons for leaving, so let’s keep in the spirit of geiko propriety and pray for her future happiness. She is from Kumamoto, which was hit with a series of destructive earthquakes on April 16, and will be returning home to her family.