A beautiful hand-tinted 19th century studio photograph of a geisha. The negative was scratched to give the appearance of rain, and the woman’s kimono was pinned to the studio backdrop to give an illusion of wind.
This is a five-minute English-subtitled introduction to the life of a maiko (apprentice geisha) named Fukunae, who lives and works in Kyoto.
I found this little video refreshing and uplifting: as it’s made by a Japanese-international tourism agency in Kyoto, it treats Fukunae like a real, normal person pursuing her dream instead of the hokey “mystical mystery of mysterious Japan” angle you sometimes get with Western-made documentaries about geisha.
“If you decide you want to become something, you have to take the plunge and go straight for it.”
gorgeous closeups of the details of a maiko’s ensemble: thick oshiroi painted on the face and shoulders; kimono collar pulled low to accentuate the sensual neck, and tall wooden okobo built with bells inside to give the maiko a charming sound to her gait. (source)